Science of Hangovers
Science of Hangovers
Hangovers are the worst. Here’s a breakdown of the most common symptoms, a little bit of science (but not too much!) behind them, and how Blowfish can help.
Metabolizing alcohol creates chemical byproducts and triggers inflammatory reactions that cause headaches. Impurities like those found in red wine and brown liquor (the best stuff, of course) heighten this reaction, meaning you’re more likely to get hangover from a bottle of 1968 Château Lafite than from Everclear. The maximum strength aspirin in Blowfish is bolstered by caffeine to fight headaches, and the effervescent delivery method works twice as quickly as regular pills. Score.
Alcohol can irritate the stomach lining. Although caffeine helps hangovers in a number of ways, coffee is a strong stimulator of stomach acid (not good). While Blowfish does not directly treat nausea, pharmaceutical caffeine in an effervescent solution is much more gentle on the stomach than the standard two aspirin washed down with cup of joe.
Alcohol suppresses a hormone called Vasopressin which helps your kidneys function properly. That’s why heavy drinking can cause your body to overproduce urine and lead to dehydration—a.k.a. pee the color of a brass candlestick. Blowfish is a lemony refreshing drink that delivers the H2O and hydration you desperately need.
Some research suggests that hangovers may be the result of minor alcohol withdrawal. The theory is that the nervous system adapts to the effects of alcohol, and then freaks out when the alcohol is removed (like, in the morning). If you’ve ever seen the show Intervention, you already know that substance withdrawal can make people cranky AF.
While you may fall asleep (a.k.a. pass out) more easily after drinking, studies show that inebriated sleep is lower quality. And there’s a high correlation between sleep disturbances and the severity of hangovers. Plus, if you stay till last call, you’re probably not getting much sleep in the first place. Luckily, Blowfish gives you the caffeine kick you need.
Impaired Mental Function
Drinking can slow communication between the neurotransmitters in your brain, well into the next day. (So yeah, you can drink yourself stupid.) The caffeine in Blowfish counteracts this effect by stimulating the nervous system and giving you the mental boost you need to, at the very least, remember your email password.
Light + Sound Sensitivity
The sensory sensitivity you experience during a hangover often accompanies a throbbing headache (see: inflamed brain). The pain reliever in Blowfish works fast to block pain receptors inside your skull, liberating your senses from the onslaught that is light, humans talking, or simply existing.
It’s hard to focus when you’re dehydrated, fatigued, and in pain. But the four horsemen of Blowfish: water, pain reliever, caffeine and effervescence work together to kickstart rehydration, alleviate pain, and give your brain a gentle slap in its face.