Road accidents is one of the commonest reasons why Hi Flying - Air Ambulance services are utilized by our clients.
Many Road accidents are avoidable.
Road accidents happen due to drunken driving.
It can also happen the next day due to hangover effects of a Saturday night party.
Drunken driving can be easily avoided by having your partner or friend drive your car or simply take a taxi.
And we wish to place some insight in to hangover effects and how to overcome the same.
Reducing and Preventing Hangover Symptoms
This paper aims to evaluate the benefits of different substances on reducing and preventing the hangover symptoms. This paper will particularly be focusing on N-Acteyl Cysteine, Sodium, Potassium, Prickly Pear Cactus extract, Vitamin (B3, B5, B6 and B12) and Magnesium on reducing alcohol hangover’s symptoms. A hangover is usually referred to an individual’s experience of different unpleasant psychological and physiological effects that come from alcoholic beverages consumption, and is considered to be a severe discomfort feeling that lasts for more than a day.
It is important for medical industry to find ways that can ensure the reduction and prevention of hangover symptoms. Following are some of the important substance that can provide benefits in an attempt to reduce and prevent hangover problems.
It has various different uses as medicine. It is beneficial for achieving reduction and prevention to the symptoms of hangover. According to Cuomo (2011), it protects against pollution from environment such as urethanes, chloroform, carbon monoxide, and various herbicides; which helps to reduce toxicity of doxorubicin and ifosfamide. These are drugs useful for the treatment of cancer treatment; for preventing hangover. It also prevents kidney damage because of specified X-ray dyes, and for HIV (Human Immunodeifciency Virus).
Use of sodium provides various benefits for preventing hangover symptoms. For instance; RHSD (Ramped Hypertonic Sodium Dialysis) is a useful dialysis in which sodium is used for preventing hangover symptom (Levin and Goldstein, 1996). This treatment is more preferable at the levels of hypertonic where sodium is useful for achieving desirable level before the completion of RHSD.
It is an important mineral for enabling human body to function effectively. Adequate use of potassium can be used for enabling the effective functioning of heart. It also plays an important role in the contractions of muscle, specifically the human’s intestinal tract contractions. Hangover symptoms include the feeling of weakness and muscle cramps which can be prevented by the use of potassium. The major benefit of using potassium for hangover symptoms reduction is that it is included in different kinds of food such as vegetables and fruits.
Prickly Pear Cactus
According to numerous researchers that have been conducted around the globe, extracts of Prickly Pear Cactus have found to be every effective for achieving ease from hangover. According to USA Today (2008), they are available at various stores of health supplement. It is used as a supplement of diet that reduces the levels of blood sugar. This study also found that using prickly pear cactus extract before consuming alcohol can prevent symptoms including mouth dryness and feeling of not being able to stand sight of food. The major benefit of this substance is that it helps in preventing the hangover symptoms, rather than just providing relieve after misery starts.
Vitamin therapy provides uncountable benefits for preventing hangover symptoms. It does not come up with negative impact on patients going through the alcoholism treatment. According to study conducted by Hoffer (2009), it was found that Vitamin B3 can be useful in healing psychosis and restoring the normal functioning of brain. It can be effective in restoring mental health that is negatively impacted due to alcohol consumption. It is also beneficial in preventing hangover even after repeated consumption of alcohol.
Vitamin B5 is another important substance that provides benefits in preventing hangover symptoms. Pantothenic acid helps the human body in detoxification of alcohol. It is also referred as anti stress vitamin that can contribute to various hangover symptoms including nausea, headache and fatigue. Every vitamin including Vitamin B5 requires regular usage, more often when alcohol is consumed. Therefore, it can be used as a tool of enabling patients to avoid the negative consequences of alcohol (Lecomte, et al, 1993).
Studies on Vitamin B6 show that it can be used for reducing the symptoms of hangover if taken extensively (Edition.cnn.com, 2014). Vitamin B6 reduces the number of symptoms of hangover to a very large extent. This vitamin is required for the effective developing and functioning of brain and for making the “norepinephrine” and “harmones”, affecting mood. It also plays important part in enabling body to produce melatonin, which is also crucial for assisting regulate human internal clock.
Vitamin B12 is an important substance for achieving the ultimate aim of hangover prevention. Health care professionals use it as a medication for assisting patients to recover that go through alcoholism treatment. It helps to increase the B12 level of human body. It is not only used for alcohol metabolism, but is useful vitamin in general. Use of Vitamin B12 plays vital role in fighting against the problem of hangover. Therefore, it is advisable for individuals who consume alcohol to consume high amount of Vitamins including Vitamin B12.
Excessive consumption of alcohol can cause deficiency of magnesium, or it may reduce the magnesium’s level along with depletion of zinc and minerals that cause severe hangovers to individuals with lower levels of magnesium. The symptoms of hangover are similar to migraine such as sound and light sensitivity, and headache. Some researchers have also found that hangover is caused by deficiency of magnesium. Therefore, magnesium provides many benefits for prevention or reduction of hangover symptoms. Use of magnesium is really easy. For example; high level of magnesium is found in fruits like bananas. Hence, it can be easily used by patients going through the treatment of hangover symptoms.
The substances that are discussed in the paper are important for the prevention or reduction of hangover symptoms. They have different advantages due to which they are chosen by health care professionals for the treatment of hangover symptoms. Hence, it can be concluded that such substances are very effective for preventing and reducing the symptoms and negative impacts of hangover. Extensive alcohol consumption can turn out to be a bad nightmare for users due to the negative impact is has on human’s body functioning. Therefore, prevention of hangover symptoms becomes important for health care professionals around the globe.
Drunken driving and Hangover - An article by Air Ambulance International
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