From a splitting headache and crippling nausea to a low mood and paranoia, thereâ€™s no denying hangovers are unpleasant.
Many claim to have certain drinks that particularly â€œset them offâ€.
Known as â€œmotherâ€™s ruinâ€, some allege gin leaves them teary the next day, while the â€œrichnessâ€ of red wine can be too much for others to stomach.
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Dehydration is the driving force of hangovers. While it may seem counterintuitive that drinking will leave you parched, the dehydrating properties of alcohol cannot be underestimated.
â€œAlcohol is a diuretic substance,â€ Dr Daniel Atkinson, GP and clinical lead at Treated.com, told Yahoo UK.
â€œDiuretics encourage the body to remove fluids from the blood.â€
This causes excessive urination, triggering dehydration that leads to headaches and dizziness.
â€œDrinks with a higher alcohol content, like wine and spirits, cause the body to do this at an increased rate,â€ Dr Atkinson said.
â€œThatâ€™s not to say, however, drinks like beer and cider wonâ€™t dehydrate you, too. It might just happen to a lesser extent.â€
Those prone to a splitting headache after a night on the town may benefit from choosing lighter-coloured spirits.
â€œDark drinks – like whiskey, dark rum and red wine – contain something called congeners, which come about during the fermentation process when alcohol is made,â€ Dr Atkinson said.
â€œSome evidence shows the more congeners we consume, because they are essentially toxins, can contribute toward more severe hangovers.
â€œHowever, this doesnâ€™t mean to say if you stick with white wine the whole night youâ€™ll be fine.
â€œAll drinks cause hangovers, some may just interfere more greatly with the severity of which.â€
It may also be wise to avoid cocktails and sugary alcopops, despite the latterâ€™s relatively low alcohol content.
â€œMixers are often used to detract from the sharp, bitter taste of spirits, but this can make it a lot easier to lose track of what we have consumed,â€ Dr Atkinson said.
Dr Paul McLaren – addiction expert atÂ Priory Hospital Hayes GroveÂ – however, is less convinced that different types of alcoholic drinks have varying effects.
â€œWhether high-end Champagne or an alcopop, if you drink enough it will give you a hangover and itâ€™ll make you ill,â€ he told Yahoo UK.
Dr McLaren admits, however, some may be more sensitive to the ingredients of specific drinks than others.
For example, many may be intolerant to tannins, the naturally-occurring compound in grape skins that give wine a pleasant bitterness.
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Alcohol also irritates the stomach lining, increases production of acid and delays gastric emptying, all of which can trigger vomiting, nausea and abdominal pain,Â the Mayo Clinic reports.
â€œSome people may have more resilient stomachs,â€ Dr McLaren said.
He adds, however, no one alcoholic drink contains more or less of a specific ingredient that influences vomiting.
When it comes to our mood, all alcohol is a depressant, according to DrinkAware.
â€œThere is very little evidence to support the fact that different types of alcohol impact mood,â€ Dr Atkinson said.
â€œEssentially, all alcohol is ethanol. The key ingredient is the same.
â€œItâ€™s quite popular for people to have certain stories about how a particular drink affected them, like rum, gin or tequila. However, the evidence simply doesnâ€™t support this.â€
For those still convinced gin is the death of them, the medic argues it may all be in your head.
â€œThere might be an argument to be made about our psychological or cultural perception of these drinks,â€ he said.
â€œFor example, a lot of us associate tequila as being something of a â€œwildâ€ drink.
â€œThis feeds into our psychologically, which is already altered because weâ€™ve been drinking and causes us to act out.
â€œAgain, some people associate gin as quite a melancholy drink, so perhaps they consume gin when theyâ€™re feeling down, which feeds into their state of mind.
He added: â€œFurthermore, our setting may play a role too. Youâ€™re hardly likely to be shooting tequila on a relaxed, calm night.
â€œSimilarly on a particularly â€œcrazyâ€ night, itâ€™s unlikely there will be a huge urge to have a shot of a drink like red wine.â€