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J R Army Med Corps. 2004 Sep;150(3):168-74.

The alcohol hangover and its potential impact on the UK armed forces: a review of the literature on post-alcohol impairment.

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  • 1Adult Psychiatry, MHHU Wegberg, BFHC, BFPO 40. ctp@doctors.org.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To raise awareness within the Defence Medical Services regarding the potential effect of post-alcohol impairment / alcohol hangover.

METHOD:

Literature relating to post-alcohol impairment / alcohol hangover, and the evidence for impairment is reviewed, with discussion relating to UK Armed Forces.

CONCLUSION:

The evidence for performance impairment during alcohol hangover is not conclusive. Until further evidence is available policy should acknowledge the potential for impaired functioning, particularly the morning after a heavy drinking session, and even when blood alcohol has returned to zero. Recommendations for clinical practice and areas for further research are presented.

PMID:
15624406
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