Sons of Alcoholics Report Greater Hangover Symptoms than Sons of Nonalcoholics: A Pilot Study


  • This research was supported in part by New Investigator Research Award No. AA06433 from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (DBN).

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We investigated alcohol-induced hangovers among college men at high and low risk for alcoholism. Thirteen sons of alcoholics reported significantly (p < 0.001) greater hangover symptoms in the past year than 25 sons of nonalcoholics. The two groups reported comparable quantity-frequency of recent drinking. To the extent that hangover represents an acute withdrawal syndrome to alcohol, this raises the question of whether sons of alcoholics are “dependence-prone.”