There are a lot of factors that dictate how bad a hangover is going to be, but the crux of every hangover is dehydration. The single most effective way to prevent a hangover is to consume water before you go out drinking, while you are out and again before bed. However, a growing problem with American partying isn’t just copious consumption of alcoholic beverages, it’s copious consumption of alcohol and energy drinks together. Let’s take a closer look at why it may be a better idea to skip the red bull during your next night out.

Energy drinks compound hangovers for a number of reasons. To start, the caffeine in an energy drink acts as a diuretic, which causes you to urinate more often. This will dehydrate you faster than normal, if you continue to drink at your normal rate and are not supplementing your drinks with water. Energy drinks also raise your blood pressure, which in turn causes you to urinate more and dehydrate yourself more quickly.

Second, energy drinks will give you a temporary caffeine boost, which can cause you to stay out partying longer than you normally would. While this may sound like a perk to a 21 year old, the reality is that staying out longer means you are going to be drinking more than if you had gone to bed earlier. This will only serve to further compound your hangover the next morning.

It’s also important to note that not only will energy drinks make your hangover worse, they will also not make it better the next day. While a little bit of caffeine can help alleviate hangover symptoms, the large amounts that most energy drinks contain will actually lead cause you to experience caffeine withdrawal, which will make that hangover even worse. Not only that, but energy drinks tend to be high in sugar as well. That means if you pop a red bull the morning after a heavy night of drinking, all you’ll really be doing is adding caffeine and sugar withdrawal symptoms to those of your hangover. The bottom line is this, when you’re drinking, avoid energy drinks. All they are going to do is compound your hangover. The best drink to supplement with alcohol during a night out will always be good old-fashioned water! For the next morning, a big glass of water and Intelligent Drinking’s Primer is all you need to mitigate most any hangover. Visit www.intelligentdrinking.com for more information.

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