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Hangovers have no effect on likelihood of future heavy drinking

Even suffering acutely from a hangover doesn’t deter future heavy drinking, research suggests.

The study, published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, involved 386 young adults—including many U.S. college students—who each kept a journal about their drinking habits over a three-week period, according to BBC News. Participants made a journal entry each morning and rated the likelihood of drinking later that same day, providing 2,276 drinking episodes and 463 hangovers for the researchers to analyze.

Suffering from a hangover did not influence the participants’ ratings. “If hangovers don’t strongly discourage or punish drinking, links between current problem drinking and frequent hangover seems less incongruent,” said researcher Thomas Piasecki.

Though most doctors would discourage heavy drinking in the first place, physicians recommend that after a heavy drinking session, one should wait at least 48 hours before having more alcohol in order to let body tissues recover.