Other factors to keep in mind when drinking alcohol:
- Congeners: Most alcohol contains smaller amounts of other biologically active compounds, known as congeners, which contribute to the taste, smell, and look of a beverage. Drinks with fewer congeners may lead to less severe hangover symptoms, including nausea, than drinks with more.
- Medication: Alcohol can be harmful, even in small amounts, when consumed in conjunction with certain medications and/or other drugs.
- An empty stomach: Eating a substantial meal before drinking alcohol will slow the absorption process. If you are drinking alcohol on an empty stomach, that may increase your chances of feeling unwell.
- Age: Usually, it takes fewer drinks to become intoxicated as we get older, because as we age, we process alcohol more slowly.
Genetics: Studies suggest genetic factors are associated with a person’s sensitivity to the effects of alcohol, so it’s good to know your family history.