Waking up to nausea, thumping headache and spinning head is a common experience after a drinking session the previous night. Tipplers always wish if there would be a hangover-free alcohol. Their wish had almost come true when German supermarket chain Lidl’s “hangover-free” prosecco, priced at a just $10.63, hit the shelves on Oct. 12, 2017. Initially, it was reported that Lidl’s new organic Prosecco Spumante would save people from that painful hangover.
According to Richard Bampfield, master of wine at Lidl, organic wines have a lower level of sulfites due to which they are less likely to cause hangovers. “If you don’t react well to sulphites, you could be saying good riddance to hangovers with Lidl’s organic Prosecco Spumante,” Bampfield says.
No proven method to prevent hangover
Unfortunately, experts dismissed the hypothesis. Mark Leyshon, a senior policy and research officer at Alcohol Concern, denies the feasibility of a hangover-free alcoholic beverage. He recommended controlled drinking as the only way to avoid hangovers. Leyshon, however, agrees that organic wine might contain fewer sulfites like sulfur dioxide. Furthermore, he also accepted the possibility that a small fraction of people who drink and are sensitive to sulfites, may not experience headache. However, it does not apply to the majority, he said.
The Telegraph wine expert Victoria Moore also slammed the reports of hangover-free wines. She argued that alcohol, not sulfites, is responsible for hangovers. If sulfites could cause hangover, people would develop hangovers from French fries, dried fruits, processed meats and frozen juices that contain more sulfites than an average bottle of commercially produced wine.
Experts say that hangover is a difficult phenomenon to understand and it has no cure. Alcohol is a diuretic which increases urination, making the person consume less water and eat less. This leads to dehydration and a low sugar levels by the next morning, thereby, producing the symptoms of hangover, said an expert.
A 2015 study, published in the journal BMJ, suggested that no conventional or complementary intervention can prevent or treat alcohol-induced hangover. The study advises abstinence or moderation as most effective way to prevent the symptoms of hangover.
Alcoholism in US
Alcoholism is a common problem associated with dangerous consequences, including unprotected sex, risky behavior and road accidents, among others. The prevalence of alcohol use is drastically high in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 136.7 million Americans aged 12 or older in 2016 consumed alcohol in the past month (current users), representing 50.7 percent of people in this age group. Out of them, more than 16 million people reported heavy alcohol use during the same period in 2016. The NSDUH also reported rampant use of alcohol by adolescents. An estimated 9.2 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 were current alcohol users in 2016.
Treating alcohol problems
Alcohol addiction, irrespective of the severity, is treatable. Research has highlighted complete absence of symptoms after one year in about one-third of people who received treatment for alcohol problems. Generally, alcohol treatment begins with detoxification that helps the patient manage withdrawal symptoms. Following the detox, healthcare professionals use three strategies to treat alcohol-related problems – use of medications, behavioral treatments and mutual support groups.
The common behavioral therapies include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational enhancement therapy and brief interventions. Brief interventions are short one-on-one or small-group psychotherapy sessions, in which drinkers are made aware of potential risks of alcohol. If you or a loved one is grappling with alcohol addiction, seek treatment immediately. Sovereign Health, one of the leading alcohol detox centers in California, follows a systematic detox program to help people with alcohol addiction recover. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 855-682-0103 or chat online for more information on alcohol detox clinics in California.