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Hangover Impairs Judgment in Young Adults
By: Rachael Myers Lowe


NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - It's not enough to "sleep it off" after a night of drinking.


According to a study released today, the effects of intoxication last long after the booze is out of the blood, not only leaving a nasty hangover but also slowing reaction times and the ability to concentrate the next morning.


Rhode Island and Massachusetts researchers found that it didn't matter whether the liquor consumed was clear or dark; the level of brain impairment was the same the next morning.


"People will be impaired the morning after - after the alcohol leaves the system," Dr. Damaris Rohsenow of the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies in Providence, Rhode Island noted in a telephone interview with Reuters Health.


The findings are based on a study looking at the effects of heavy drinking on 95 young adults between the ages of 21 and 33. The subjects spent two nights at the Boston test facility. One night they were given alcohol (either vodka or bourbon mixed in cola) and the other night they were given a placebo. The researchers determined their blood alcohol levels, sleep patterns and ability to think quickly and over a long period of time.l.


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Craig Wiseman December 19th, 2009 08:40:13 AM

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