I can't get hangovers. No, seriously.
May 28, 2007 5:30 PM Subscribe
I've never had a hangover in my life, how common is this and will it stay this way?
posted by lioness to health & fitness (51 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Could this be a genetic thing and therefore be permanent or am I just lucky now and will the hangovers appear over the years? I'm only 25 now, so obviously still young. Legal drinking age is 16 in my country, so that's how long this has been apparent to me, although I've never really given it much thought. There must be other people with this trait, but I don't know anyone except for my brother. My friends also don't know any other people besides me who can't get hangovers. In short: How common is this? What could be the reason? Is it permanent?
I've tried searching about this, but I only get tons of information on how to cure a hangover. I think I can safely exclude these factors which could explain the absence of hangovers:
- I've always had it, whether I was extremely thin or rather fat, so weight isn't an influence.
- I'm a plain caucasian girl, so it's not something obviously genetic.
- I used to work out three times a week, now I haven't been to the gym in three years and I'm completely out of shape, so obviously fitness isn't an influencing factor.
- Eating before drinking or not doesn't make a difference. Eating different kinds of meals also doesn't have an influence. (Of course it influences when I start to get drunk.)
- Different kinds of alcohol do not seem to matter: drinking only beer, or only wine or only cocktails or everything mixed together gives the same result: no hangover.
- The amount of alcohol doesn't matter. I can get a bit tipsy, quite drunk, completely wasted and absolutely repulsivly comatosely smashed, I still don't get hangovers.
- Frequency of drinking isn't a factor. Whether I'm drunk a few times a week, or only once in a year, whether I drink moderately every day or only once every few months or nothing for a very long time, it doesn't matter.
- I rarely vomit when drunk, so it's not that either.
- I always combine drinking and smoking, but my brother is a non-smoker, so smoking probably has nothing to do with it.
- I don't drink water or soda between the alcoholic beverages, nor do I drink water before falling asleep. I just plunge into my bed drunk and wake up eight hours later, fit as fiddle and hungry for a good breakfast.
(Ironically, I'm normally a terrible sleeper, while when waking up after being drunk I feel much more rested and refreshed than usual.)
Disclaimer for people who advise me to see a therapist for my drinking problem: I rarely drink nowadays and only get a bit drunk maybe once or twice a year.