Why do we vomit after alcohol &how to cope the aftermath?

January 23, 2017 |

Drunken-ness needs no provocation, or does it? It’s the aftermath that leaves you or your friends in either a mess or some serious embarrassment. And you realize there’s nothing more embarrassing than throwing up!

So why do we vomit after alcohol anyway?
Here’s our spill. An Indian body can process only one unit of alcohol per hour. Understand the mechanism of your stomach. The lining of your stomach gets irritated with alcohol. As a result, it causes vomiting apart from blocking the gag reflex from working properly. Some people can choke on, or inhale their own vomit into their lungs.

But does it happen each time you drink? Yes and no. Everything depends on how you consume alcohol more than the quality of alcohol. So how much is too much? Remember that alcohol is a depressant that slows down your brain’s functions and affects your sense of balance. There’s a reason why we use the phrase – getting high.

Now when you drink alcohol without taking breaks in between, the substance accelerates the process of slowing down the brain. An effect of this is your stomach lining gets irritated. The more concentrated the alcohol, the more irritated it will be. The more irritated it becomes, the more acid it would product making it further irritated. This induces vomiting, either immediately or the morning after.

Vomiting, per se, is not bad actually since it flushes out the extra alcohol from your body relieving you of the acid. However, since vomiting also flushes out minerals from your body, you will feel very weak or nauseated.

How to prevent vomiting from alcohol?
– Man or woman, do not intake more than 14 units of alcohol per week
– Drink slowly. Your stomach lining would get time to adjust the stream
– Eat something before or while drinking

How to treat a person when he has vomited?
– Give him water instead of coffee (the person is already dehydrated; coffee would reinforce it)
– Keep him awake at all costs.
– After half an hour, give the person something to eat
– Make the person drink the ORS (oral rehydration salts) solution or make your own from salt, water and lemon juice