A Medical Doctor at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital has said there is currently no medical treatment for hangover resulting from the excessive consumption of alcohol.
According to him, persons who present conditions of hangover are only treated of associated symptoms which cannot be said to be the actual treatment of the main condition.
Medical journals have defined hangover as a set of symptoms that occur as a consequence of excessive alcohol intake. Typical symptoms include fatigue, weakness, thirst, headache, muscle aches, nausea, stomach pain, vertigo, sensitivity to light and sound, anxiety, irritability, sweating, and increased blood pressure. It is further noted that a hangover can vary from person to person.
Speaking in an interview on GTV monitored by MyNewsGh.com, Dr Ernest Anim-Opare said there is no scientific or medical treatment for the condition; however the symptoms that come with the condition are treated individually.
“As we speak now, science or medicine are unable to give a cure. Everything that we do with regards to people who have hangover is to treat the symptoms they present with. So if somebody comes with vomiting, you give medication to treat the vomiting and also rehydrate the person. If somebody comes with abdominal pain we give antacids to reduce the discomfort that has been introduced by the excess acid that is produced in the abdomen. However, medicine will allow both female and male to have 14 units of Alcohol in a week and not more than that in a week. If you really want to cure hangover then you have to stay away from alcohol all together,” he said.
Dr Anim-Opare further noted that eating foods that contain some level of alcohol may not cause hangover, however, allowing the food to ferment to a level that steps up the ethanol content may cause one to present symptoms of hangover.