The alcohol hangover research group consensus statement on best practice in alcohol hangover research

Joris C. Verster, Richard Stephens, Renske Penning, Damaris Rohsenow, John McGeary, Dan Levy, Adele McKinney, Frances Finnigan, Thomas M. Piasecki, Ana Adan, G. D. Batty, Lies A.L. Fliervoet, Thomas Heffernan, Jonathan Howland, Dai Jin Kim, L. D. Kruisselbrink, Jonathan Ling, Neil McGregor, René J.L. Murphy, Merel van NulandMarieke Oudelaar, Andrew Parkes, Gemma Prat, Nick Reed, Wendy S. Slutske, Gordon Smith, Mark Young

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Abstract

Alcohol-induced hangover, defined by a series of symptoms, is the most commonly reported consequence of excessive alcohol consumption. Alcohol hangovers contribute to workplace absenteeism, impaired job performance, reduced productivity, poor academic achievement, and may compromise potentially dangerous daily activities such as driving a car or operating heavy machinery. These socioeconomic consequences and health risks of alcohol hangover are much higher when compared to various common diseases and other health risk factors. Nevertheless, unlike alcohol intoxication the hangover has received very little scientific attention and studies have often yielded inconclusive results. Systematic research is important to increase our knowledge on alcohol hangover and its consequences. This consensus paper of the Alcohol Hangover Research Group discusses methodological issues that should be taken into account when performing future alcohol hangover research. Future research should aim to (1) further determine the pathology of alcohol hangover, (2) examine the role of genetics, (3) determine the economic costs of alcohol hangover, (4) examine sex and age differences, (5) develop common research tools and methodologies to study hangover effects, (6) focus on factor that aggravate hangover severity (e.g., congeners), and (7) develop effective hangover remedies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-126
Number of pages11
JournalCurrent Drug Abuse Reviews
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alcohol hangover
  • Guidelines
  • Methodology
  • Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Verster, J. C., Stephens, R., Penning, R., Rohsenow, D., McGeary, J., Levy, D., ... Young, M. (2010). The alcohol hangover research group consensus statement on best practice in alcohol hangover research. Current Drug Abuse Reviews, 3(2), 116-126. https://doi.org/10.2174/1874473711003020116