Is champagne the worst hangover?

Answered by Stephen Mosley

I have to admit, I’ve had my fair share of champagne-induced hangovers in the past. And let me tell you, they are no joke. It’s like the champagne fairy sprinkles a little extra hangover magic in each glass. But why is that? Why does champagne seem to be the worst culprit when it comes to hangovers? Well, let me break it down for you.

First of all, let’s talk about the bubbles. Champagne and other carbonated alcoholic beverages are filled with those delightful little bubbles that make the drink so refreshing and enjoyable. But those bubbles also have a downside when it comes to alcohol absorption. When you drink a carbonated beverage, those bubbles actually increase the rate at which the alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream. This means that the alcohol hits your system faster and can lead to feeling drunker quicker.

Now, you might be thinking, “Well, that sounds like a good thing! Who doesn’t want to get drunk faster?” But here’s the catch. When the alcohol is absorbed more quickly, your body doesn’t have as much time to process it. This can lead to a higher blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and a more intense hangover the next day. So, while you may be feeling great in the moment, the morning after can be a whole different story.

But why do some people seem to be more affected by champagne hangovers than others? Well, it turns out that our individual genetics play a role in how we metabolize alcohol. Some people have enzymes in their liver that break down alcohol more efficiently, while others have enzymes that are less effective. This can contribute to differences in how quickly we get drunk and how severe our hangovers are.

Additionally, champagne and other sparkling wines often have higher levels of alcohol compared to other alcoholic beverages. This means that you’re consuming more alcohol in a shorter amount of time, which can further contribute to a worse hangover. It’s like a double whammy of alcohol absorption and higher alcohol content.

Now, I can’t speak for everyone, but personally, I’ve had some pretty rough champagne hangovers. The combination of the bubbles, faster absorption, and higher alcohol content always seems to leave me feeling a bit worse for wear the next day. And I know I’m not alone in this experience.

So, to sum it all up, champagne and other carbonated alcoholic beverages can lead to worse hangovers for a couple of reasons. The bubbles increase the rate of alcohol absorption, leading to a higher BAC and quicker intoxication. Additionally, the higher alcohol content in champagne can contribute to a more intense hangover. And of course, our individual genetics also play a role in how we metabolize alcohol and how our bodies react to it.

So, if you’re planning on popping the bubbly at your next celebration, just be aware that the morning after might not be so pleasant. Pace yourself, drink plenty of water, and be prepared for a potentially rough hangover. Cheers!