Most of us have been there. Going out to celebrate because a friend comes in from out of town, a sister or brother is getting married, or a business dinner ran longer than expected, drinks kept coming, and we kept drinking them. Before we knew it, we were spending the night next to the toilet or with a trashcan next to the bed. When we wake up the next morning, we pretty much feel like death. Hangovers happen; however, most people have to get up and work, take care of a family, or get important daily chores accomplished and cannot take the time to sit around hung over. For these reasons, recovering from a hangover quickly is important, and IV Therapy is a popular solution for overcoming the adverse consequences of a hangover.

What happens to the body during a hangover?

Alcohol has numerous negative consequences on the physiology, one being the negative impact it has on the liver. Younger people typically recover faster from the effects of alcohol than older people because their livers are fresher and have not been bombarded by toxins. However, it takes around 21 days for the damage from one night of drinking to be repaired in the liver. If someone continues to assault the liver with alcohol before it has had time to repair itself, over time permanent damage can occur, and they will no longer recover quickly from the effects of a hangover. Other toxins, such as prescription medications, processed foods, and a high sugar diet can also make it difficult to recover from a night of drinking, resulting in a more severe hangover.

A hangover is the body’s response to withdrawing from alcohol; substances, such as alcohol or drugs lead to changes in the brain. The brain adapts to these changes, and when the alcohol wears off, the symptoms of a hangover occur. Some of the symptoms that people can experience with a hangover include:

Nausea, Diarrhea, and Vomiting 

Alcohol produces toxins in the liver and the body, and often, the body rejects the poison from the alcohol by sending it out of the system as quickly as possible, which often results in vomiting. Some people may also experience explosive diarrhea; alcohol can increase the amount of bacteria in the intestines, which can lead to diarrhea.

Headaches, Pain, and Inflammation 

Alcohol causes toxins to accumulate and dehydration to occur, often leading to severe headaches. Alcohol is also an analgesic, meaning it dulls pain, which is why people do not feel pain while they are drinking. The next day when the alcohol has worn off, the results of dropping down into splits the night before or getting in a bar fight can lead to intense pain.

Increased Heart Rate 

Alcohol can block the effects of the sympathetic nervous system, which produces a fight or flight response. When alcohol wears off, sympathetic reactions, such as an increased heart rate can come back with a vengeance.

Reckless Sleeping Patterns 

Because the brain regulates sleeping patterns the affects of alcohol on the brain may cause some people to experience insomnia the day after a hangover. It can also lead to nightmares because alcohol increases REM sleep, which is the phase of sleep that most nightmares or vivid dreams occur in.

Mood Changes 

Increased alcohol intake causes the brain to spend a large number of endorphins, which can result in mood imbalances when the alcohol wears off. Many people feel depressed, weepy, or irritable after a night of drinking.

Facial Puffiness 

Alcohol inhibits a hormone in the body that regulates urine production, and as a result, the kidneys retain more electrolytes and sodium. The increased sodium levels can lead to water retention and facial puffiness.

Poor Cognition 

The changes in the brain that take place during a hangover can result in a lack of dopamine and interfere with the cognitive function of the frontal cortex, and when this happens, most people experience mental fogginess, poor concentration, and slower responses.

How can IV Therapy help with a hangover?

IV Therapy can be a fast solution for a hangover; especially when important daily tasks are hanging in the balance. While IV Therapy specialists can treat numerous conditions, hangovers are one of the most easily treated conditions and have the fastest results. First of all, IV Therapy fluids replenish and rehydrate the body and can help to flush out toxins and alcohol through the urine. Secondly, an IV Therapy uses a cocktail of numerous vitamins to help men and women recover from a hangover.

Some Nutrients used in IV Therapy to treat a hangover include:


Serving as master detoxifier, there is probably no nutrient as important as Glutathione to eliminate toxins produced by alcohol. This nutrient sticks itself to free radicals and metabolic waste, while guiding them out of the body. Having Glutathione in an IV drip can help to reduce hangover time and prevent damage to DNA and cellular oxidation, both of which increase the risk of cancer.

B Vitamins 

Often the B Vitamins that are used in IV Therapy cocktails for hangovers include B1, B3, B5, B6, and B12. Vitamins B1, B3, and B5 all help to metabolize the alcohol, increase heart health, reduce cholesterol in the system, and potentially prevent damage to the DNA. Vitamins B5, B6, and B12 also help to protect the liver, and B6 helps to protect the nervous system, while regulating hormones such as serotonin, melatonin, and epinephrine. These vitamins can help to restore sleep, prevent liver damage, process the alcohol, and balance moods.

Vitamin C 

Working as a major antioxidant, this vitamin helps to block cellular damage and repels free radicals. In an IV Therapy cocktail this vitamin can reduce hang over time and the long-term consequences by flushing the toxins from the alcohol out of the system.

The Benefits of Using IV Therapy For a Hangover

IV Therapy specialists can tailor IV Therapy cocktails to fit specific needs, while helping patients to overcome the consequences of a hangover. While there are numerous benefits to using IV Hydration Therapy for a hangover, the most immediate benefit is that people are able to feel healthy enough to immediately resume their daily activities.

Some of the other benefits of IV Therapy for a hangover include:

  • Reduces hangover recovery time
  • Decreases nausea and vomiting
  • Immediate rehydration
  • Faster elimination of toxins
  • Prevents long-term consequences
  • Reduces damage to DNA
  • Prevents cellular oxidation
  • Reduces accumulation of toxins
  • Regulates sleep cycles
  • Rebalances moods

An IV Therapy Hangover Specialist can help to determine which nutrients are needed to help the symptoms and consequences of a hangover. Specialized cocktails have helped many women and men to resume their daily activities and quickly recover from a night of drinking. Countless patients have been able to prevent long-term consequences of alcohol and improve their general health with the nutrients in IV Therapy. To learn more about how to receive IV Hydration Therapy for a hangover, contact an IV Therapy Hangover Specialist today!

IV Therapy can quickly rehydrate and revitalize your body! Contact an IV Therapy Hangover Specialist and jumpstart your day!