Wine hangover

Does wine give you a worse hangover than other types of alcohol?


Sacre Bleu!

My female clients who are 35+ years old, usually tell me the same thing: “I just can’t drink wine anymore! The wine hangover…Even a glass or two makes me feel ‘off’ the next day. So, I’ve switched to spirits.” 

And, that’s fine by me  β€“ I’d rather they steered clear of wine as I’m all about the ‘Nips & Stiffies‘ at OOMPH.

However, I feel they may be missing out, as 1-2 standard glasses of a good quality wine can be very healthful for you – not to mention darn delightful to swill – on occasion!

Wine hangover – sometimes it's just sour grapes for many of us chicks

By the time us females have reached the ripe age of 35 years old our poor livers have suffered a lot of wear-and-tear. By this age most of us have been on ‘The Pill’ for a good 10-20 years, alongside – taking other medications, the use of recreational drugs, and the swilling of copious amounts of alcohol. We have also been exposed to environmental toxins, contracted a number of infections, and created food intolerancesπŸ˜…

So, we have to be super careful not to further upset this hard-working organ by being aware of what we’re actually putting into our body – and how much of it we’re putting in!

That said, not all bottles of vino are created equal. And you should drink wine to be civil – not to get sozzled.

There is actually a substantial difference between imbibing 11%, 12%, 13%, 14% alcohol wines (or more) – as your head and gut will inform you about (the hard way) the next day. If you read the label on your bottle of ‘plonk’ the higher the amount of alcohol it contains the more drinks it contains. Which, no –  doesn’t mean ‘more bang for your buck’! (Stop being naughty☝️)

What it actually means is that most standard bottles of wines should be shared between you and your three best girlfriends if you want to avoid the dreaded wine hangover πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ¦°πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ¦±πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸ¦±πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€πŸ¦°

And! If you were really wanting to kick-up-your-heels, even then you’d still have to share your bottle with your bestie.πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ¦°πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ¦±

Note: If I’m after an actual ‘state change’ (to really unwind, and let my hair down) I can get-away-with drinking 350ml of wine with a 13% alcohol content. But I’m pushing it at 400ml…and if I ever drink 450ml? Well, I feel hungover the next day. And while these thimble-sized amounts of wine make me sound ‘soft’, it’s actually the difference between a half and a full glass of wine! 

Realistically speaking, one ‘hefty’ pour of wine is enough to make you feel ‘good’. However, us being silly humans and all, we incorrectly think – if one glass made me feel this good…then obviously two glasses (or more!) will make me feel even better! πŸ€•πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

Salut 🍷

What to read more? For articles from me on ‘booze’ –

Alcohol causes anxiety

Moana Park Winery 

’tis the time for Tipple tips

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Lisa Fitzgibbon is a degree qualified (2006), experienced and registered Naturopath & Medical Herbalist. She runs her own private practice – OOMPHΒ in Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand.

Lisa has been involved in the Natural Health industry for 16 years. She draws on her professional training and experience, as well as her own personal experience to bring you realistic, holistic health advice.

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