According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, people with a family history of alcoholism are four times more likely to develop further drinking problems. Moreover, a new research
also says this can even affect how badly you perceive your hangover.
Led by Psychologist Dr Richard Stephens
at Keele University, the research involved two studies focusing on the frequency and severity of hangover (defined as the unpleasant effects felt the morning after drinking alcohol).
Utilizing 142 individuals in the first study, which includes 24 who had a family history of problem drinking, participants were asked about their hangovers from the last 12 months. Results showed that regardless of the level of alcohol consumption, those with a family background in alcoholism remembered more frequent hangover symptoms than those who didn’t have any family history of such.
For the second study, researcher utilized 49 participants, which includes 17 who had a family history of alcoholism. Each was asked the morning after a night of drinking about any present hangover symptoms. Again, controlling the alcohol consumption, results showed that participants with a family background in alcoholism did not actually show any difference in hangover symptoms compared to those who didn’t have any family history of such.
Dr Stephens, from Keele University, said, “Taken together with findings from prior research it appears that people who are predisposed to develop problem drinking are no more susceptible to developing a hangover after a night of alcohol than people who are not predisposed. However, we found that such people appear to remember their hangovers more lucidly.”
“It may be possible to exploit this lucid memory for hangovers to curb excessive drinking. Reminding problem drinkers of the negative consequences of incapacitating hangover, for example, letting down family members due to abandoned plans, may help them to manage their alcohol consumption”.