Blog: Measuring misery
Chris Brook-Carter | 17 September 2003
The study has been conducted by Associate Professor Wendy Slutske of the University of Missouri in Columbia and was published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, this week.
If women ever needed further proof in their suspicions that God is a man, then Professor Slutske may have provided it. For it seems that women suffer worse from hangovers than men, even after accounting for differences in the amount of alcohol consumed.
Apparently, the method of measurement involves assessing 13 symptoms -from headache and dehydration to trembling or shaking - of discomfort or illness after a bout of heavy drinking.
Amazingly, only one in four students on which the study was carried out reported at least one hangover symptom once a month or more often. Clearly these people were not dealing with the right set of students.
On a more serious note, the study also revealed that hangovers were more likely to affect individuals with a personal history of alcohol problems or with at least one biological parent with alcohol-related problems.
One member of the team, Dr Thomas Piasecki said: "We were also surprised to discover how little research had been conducted [on hangovers], because the research that does exist suggests that hangovers could be an important factor in the development of problem drinking."
Heavy metal legend Bruce Dickinson - lead singer of the band Iron Maiden, for the unitiated - is clearly a man not afraid to get his hands dirty. ...
The homebrewing revival continues in the UK - and evidence has come that even the supermarket chains are taking it semi-seriously. ...
Does Pernod Ricard have something to hide? In a press conference after the release of full-year results today, only a quarter of the 100 minutes were given over to questions from journalists....
Here's a round-up of the top stories on just-drinks last week, featuring Carlsberg, Heineken, Coca-Cola Amatil, California's winelands and Cognac....
- The End of the Road for International Beer Brands?
- Comment - Another One Bites Bacardi's Dust
- Pernod Ricard's FY Performance by Region, Brand
- Allegro: The shape of things to come at Pernod?
- US craft vodka puts squeeze on Pernod's Absolut
- Mast-Jägermeister targets UK off-trade boost
- Pernod bemoans tough FY as sales, profits drop
- ASA bans Jägermeister TV ad
- Bacardi announces CFO switch
- SABMiller exec to become CFO at Beam Suntory