Some people get hangovers after a night of drinking, while others don’t, and the reason may be in their genes, a new study in Australia suggests.
Researchers looked for links between the study participants’ genetic makeups and the number of hangovers the individuals reported experiencing in the past year.
Genetic factors accounted for 45% of the difference in hangover frequency in women and 40% in men.
In other words, genetics accounts for nearly half of the reason why one person experiences a hangover and another person doesn’t, after drinking the same amount of alcohol, the study said. The other half probably comes from outside influences unrelated to DNA, such as how quickly a person drinks, whether they eat while they drink and their tolerance for alcohol.
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