"reducing alcohol and drug related harm in our communities"
Key Information


ASCERT Alcohol Services
ASCERT Alcohol Services
Support for concerns about a persons alcohol use and services for family members
Alcohol and You Services
Alcohol and You Services
A website with on-line tools to examine alcohol use and referral to support services
Steps to Change
Steps to Change
Early intervention for adults and family members affected by substance use in WHSCT
The morning after

The morning after

The Morning AfterAlcohol is a depressant, which means that it slows down the brain and the central nervous system’s processes.

If you’ve drunk heavily the night before, you’ll almost certainly wake up with a hangover. This may mean you have a thumping headache, dry mouth, fatigue, nausea or vomiting. Sound familiar?

When the liver breaks down alcohol, it produces a chemical called acetaldehyde. This chemical is toxic to the body and can result in symptoms including sweating, nausea and vomiting. Its toxic effects may contribute to a hangover.

Alcoholic drinks also contain other active compounds called congeners, which are produced during the fermentation process and can worsen the symptoms of a hangover. Darker coloured drinks, such as whiskey, brandy and red wine have more congeners than lighter drinks such as vodka, gin and white wine.

Many people find it difficult to obtain a good night's sleep after a good night's drinking and may be fatigued/tired the next day. This is because alcohol disrupts the normal sleep pattern and even if you sleep for longer, the sleep may not be particularly “restful”. When you've been drinking, the brain is not able to enter the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep where it gets the rest it needs to feel rested and refreshed.

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Co. Antrim
BT28 1XZ

Tel: 0800 2545 123
Fax: 028 9260 3874
Email: info@ascert.biz
Charity Number: NIC101239