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Why Hangovers Are Worse When You're Older, According to Science

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Once you hit a certain age, you just can’t party like you used to. Late nights feel later and, worst of all, hangovers feel more intense. Turns out it’s not all just in your pounding head. Science says your hangovers actually do get worse as you get older, and part of the reason is because older people drink less in general.

As people drink less, they reduce their tolerance for alcohol, Lara Ray, a professor of clinical psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, recently told The New York Times. “Age may be a proxy for regularity of drinking,” Ray said. “If you haven’t gone to a party for two to three weeks, it might be less about being 40 and more about your drinking history.”

Like an old car struggling to start after a period of dormancy, your body takes some time to kick into gear. Once it’s running, it’s easier to keep running.

Another reason for worse hangovers has to do with physical fitness and a slower metabolism. Muscles degrade as we get older and fat often takes its place. A body with more fat will have a stronger negative reaction to alcohol than a leaner body with more muscle. Alcohol is water soluble, and muscles have a higher percentage of water than fat does, causing alcohol to absorb into muscle tissue faster. More alcohol in muscle tissue means less alcohol in the bloodstream at once, so you get drunk less rapidly.

Solving hangovers is an age old problem, and it seems like everyone and their favorite celebrity chef has a hangover cure. The best practice, however, is to not overdo it and to drink plenty of water. And if you want to make drinking in your 40s the new drinking in your 20s, follow Ray’s advice to stay fit and maintain moderation.

Food and Drink

Red Rooster Is Serving Free Chicken and Piping Hot Cash This Christmas in July

Get your early dose of festive cheer.

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The cold weather in most parts of Australia coinciding with EOFY celebrations is the closest thing that we’ll get to snowy Christmas vibes. And if you’re in dire need of some festive cheer after the first six months of 2023, grab your ugly sweater and head to your nearest Red Rooster for Xmas in July deals.

From June 29 – July 31, 2023, Red Rooster is serving up free food items, a chance to win $10,000 or one of 10 merch packs valued at $400 and other fun prizes. All you have to do is sign up as a Red Royalty member and spend $5 on at a location near you or online.

Each week there’ll be new delicious deals and prizes to win. The week one deals have already dropped and they’re looking pretty tasty. You can get access to them via your Red Royalty account. The more you purchase, the more chances you have to win.

Spoiler alert: you can get 10 chicken nuggets for free, right now. Brb running to Red Rooster.

Terms and conditions apply. Visit Red Rooster’s Christmas in July to see all the deals.

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