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Keywords:

  • Risk for Alcoholism;
  • Hangover;
  • Sons of Alcoholics;
  • Acute Dependence;
  • Negative Side Effects

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.”