The Chemistry and Anatomy of the Hangover

The Chemistry and Anatomy of the Hangover

Joy of Science Channel: Food Chemistry Series

What do you know about hangovers other than the fatigue, headaches, light sensitivity, and perhaps a resolve to drink a little less next time?  Join Dr. Alyson Mitchell for a review of the current understanding of the unpleasant physical and mental symptoms that occur in response to the over-consumption of ethanol and the direct toxic effects of acetaldehyde and congeners present in fermented and distilled beverages.


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What You Will Learn

  • The basic physiology of a hangover and how this relates to the constellation of unpleasant physical and mental symptoms
  • The role different alcoholic beverages have in producing a hangover
  • Myths vs. facts regarding how to prevent and cure a hangover
  • And much more…


Webinar Details

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2014 @ 2pm-3pm ET

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Meet Your Experts

Dr. Alyson Mitchell  received her PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology 1996 at the University of California Davis where she is a Professor of Food Chemistry and Toxicology in the Department of Food Science and Technology. Currently, Dr. Mitchell’s research interests focus on elucidating basic chemical reactions and changes in composition that occur in fruits, vegetables, and nuts as a result of plant breeding, pre- and post-harvest processes; identifying and quantifying target and nontarget secondary plant metabolites for authentication, safety and biological relevance; and developing methods for the characterization and mitigation of chemical carcinogens developed during food processing.



Bill Courtney is the chef/owner of Cheese-ology Macaroni & Cheese, located in the University City Loop, just west of the city of St. Louis, Missouri. Following completion of his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Missouri – Columbia, Bill worked a short time as a Q.C. Chemist for ConvaTec. A shift in interest eventually took Bill to the Genome Institute at Washington University, where he spent 9 years working with the leading genetic and genomic research scientists in the United States. In a radical move, Bill struck out on his own to open Cheese-ology, the culmination of years of a self-described “un-natural obsession” with Macaroni & Cheese. Open since June 2010, Cheese-ology Macaroni & Cheese features over 15 varieties of Macaroni & Cheese to satisfy any Mac & Cheese craving.


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6 Responses to “The Chemistry and Anatomy of the Hangover”

  1. rh says:

    Has there been any research on why some people do not get hangovers at all, no matter how much they drink (short of a fatal amoount)?

  2. admin says:


    Thank you for the question, we will pass it on to the speaker.


    Erik Holderman
    ACS Webinars

  3. Dan cantrell says:

    An Oncologist from Macon, GA shared with me his tried and true preventative for a hangover 20 years ago and it really works. Here is the recipe:
    After inbibing too much alcohol, before going to bed take the following:
    Two Advil, One Actifed, and 10-12 oz. of Coke or Pepsi (not diet versions).
    Please ask Dr. Mitchell why this works. Thanks.

  4. admin says:


    Thanks for the comment and question. We will pass this remedy along to our subject matter expert and see what she says.


    Erik Holderman
    ACS Webinars

  5. G says:

    Could you please ask them why the effects of alcohol are different for women and men? Is it the enzyme, metabolism rate or something totally different? Thanks.

  6. admin says:

    Dear G — Thank you for your question. It was forwarded to the speaker.

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