In an article in Delta Sky magazine discussing the many different chemicals in alcoholic beverages and how they impact different people–from allergic reactions to hangovers, HWS professor of chemistry David Craig provides an explanation for the hangover effect.
The publication notes, “The general weakness and lethargy of a hangover is caused by the buildup in the body of lactic acid, another end product of alcohol metabolism, according to David Craig, professor of chemistry at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. Athletes have to push themselves to the limit before the buildup of lactic acid sabotages the ability of their muscle fibers to contract. Alcohol allows us the convenience of achieving lactic 'acidosis' without having to break a sweat.”
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