Anyone who has experienced the symptoms of a hangover, such as headaches, dehydration, nausea and cottonmouth, will tell you that you just want to feel better as soon as possible. And to this end, there are many cures that will supposedly eradicate the effects of having overdone it the night before.
Perhaps one of the most enduring of these so-called hangover cures is that of "the hair of the dog that bit you." Essentially, this cure involves drinking more alcohol to rid yourself of the effects of the hangover. But does this work? No, it does not; this "cure" will only prolong your misery. Worse, this added alcohol serves to increase the toxicity of the alcohol you already have in your system.
According to a source at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, it can take anywhere from eight to 24 hours for a hangover to subside. This amount of time depends on the amount of alcohol consumed.
Unfortunately, the hair of the dog that bit you myth sometimes leads people to make the mistake of drinking when they should be abstaining. And if you should take a drink to get yourself in shape to drive, you take the risk of being pulled over by the police for suspicion of driving while under the influence. If you still have a high blood alcohol content level from the night before, you could be arrested for DWI.
DWI charges can cause you issues that extend well past the length of a hangover. If you are facing the loss of your driving privileges or other such penalties, you may wish to contact a Louisiana DWI attorney who can help see that your rights are protected. The attorney could advise you on the course of action that will be in your best interests.