Blow Your Mind: Anatomy of a Hangover

Brain... splitting...
Brain... splitting...
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Before you dive headfirst into that New Year's hangover, let's explore exactly what's going on inside your body when you wake to a splitting headache, a troubled gut and the realization that you're wearing half a gorilla costume.

Join Julie and I as we speak softly and lead you through the biological effects of alcohol consumption, the anatomy of the resulting hangover and tips to prevent or cure your accursed condition.

Plus, why will this cycle of drinking and hangover continue? Why won't we learn this lesson about over indulgence? Your Stuff to Blow Your Mind hosts will discuss the psychology of hangover as well.


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About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.