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2013-09-13 08:56:10 AM  
Older people who binge drink are pathetic. Who cares what their hangovers are like.
 
2013-09-13 08:57:34 AM  
If it was all fun and games, every jackass would be doing it.
 
2013-09-13 08:58:17 AM  
Um... 60 year olds binge drinking?  Sounds like a self selecting group-- the only people drinking that much at that age are people who generally dont get hangovers regardless of age
 
2013-09-13 09:00:11 AM  
I just watched 'em again, and they're still pretty horrible.
 
2013-09-13 09:00:12 AM  
I believe that's called alcoholism subs
 
2013-09-13 09:00:40 AM  
I beg to differ
 
2013-09-13 09:03:20 AM  
It is sad. My old man is 60, he binge drinks in the most disgusting way. He has a 64 oz. mug that he fills with canadian whisky and a splash of iced tea. He kills almost a bottle every day. He drank, but was never like this until he retired. It really is sad.
 
2013-09-13 09:03:22 AM  
By the time you get older you know how to prevent a hangover.  Lots of water the night before and 2 aspirin before bed does the trick.
 
2013-09-13 09:04:10 AM  
Fewer active brain cells?
 
2013-09-13 09:07:52 AM  

Smeggy Smurf: By the time you get older you know how to prevent a hangover.  Lots of water the night before and 2 aspirin before bed does the trick.


The only thing that can prevent a hangover is drinking less alcohol.
 
2013-09-13 09:08:47 AM  

hammettman: Fewer active brain cells?


Well you know the theory.


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2013-09-13 09:09:14 AM  
Are they still using "More than  6 drinks" as definition of binge drinking?
 
2013-09-13 09:09:33 AM  
I hope I get out of this hangover dip and it gets better in my 30's then cause damn has it gotten worse over the years..
 
2013-09-13 09:10:18 AM  
All I know is a hangover at 36 hurts ten times worse than at 22, and can last for days.

/nothing wrong with "binge drinking" at 60 now and then
//not that old
 
2013-09-13 09:15:08 AM  
It's not called binge drinking when you're older. It's called alcoholism, and if you can't deal with your hangovers then, you end up in a can down by the river, and those guys are notoriously hard to poll.
 
2013-09-13 09:17:27 AM  

jaybeezey: Are they still using "More than  6 drinks" as definition of binge drinking?


Even better, it's "5 drinks in one occasion" for this study. 
Whoa there, drunky!  That's most of a whole six pack!
 
2013-09-13 09:17:30 AM  

jaybeezey: Are they still using "More than  6 drinks" as definition of binge drinking?


More than 5, actually.

Everyone I know calls that a "responsible dinner".
 
2013-09-13 09:21:15 AM  
I "binge" drank 3 beers last night (two Redhook and one bud light) I wouldn't say I have a hangover, per se, but whoever left their ice pick in my skull above my right eye can have it back any time.

One of the unfortunate things about living in Seattle is that craft brews are all over the place.  Don't get me wrong, they're all very tasty and all, but if you find that hoppy beers give you a nasty morning like I do, you often find yourself relegated to the kiddie pool side of the tap array--you know, where the Bud and Coors light live.  (I think the only reason we even have those is because sometimes Texans visit, and we're just really polite people up here).

Used to love the Manny's and Mac & Jacks, and drank my fare share of aggressive IPA's, but now when I see them at the bar, I can only see the next morning headache.

This seems to be something that developed in my 40's.  Is it supposed to ever get better?
 
2013-09-13 09:23:50 AM  
Really article? Hangovers aren't as bad if you don't drink as much as the night before? Old people don't have "better" hangovers. They just drink less.

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2013-09-13 09:24:00 AM  
As long as it's not a regular thing, it wouldn't be alcoholism. And constant drinking in your early twenties can be.

Anyway screw that. Four beers is my limit for night of drinking unless I want to spend the entire next day laying on the couch with a horrible headache. Wine goes further for some reason but too much of that and instead of a headache, I'll feel queasy the whole next day.
 
2013-09-13 09:25:25 AM  

Skleenar: Used to love the Manny's and Mac & Jacks, and drank my fare share of aggressive IPA's, but now when I see them at the bar, I can only see the next morning headache.

This seems to be something that developed in my 40's.  Is it supposed to ever get better?


Practice makes perfect.

It may be time to switch to a clean burning alcohol like whisky. Sweet, tasty, and none of the hangover. I totally recommend it.
 
2013-09-13 09:27:14 AM  
Much like a fine wine, hangovers men improve with age
There, I like this much better
 
2013-09-13 09:29:41 AM  
I think my hangovers have gotten less severe the last few years is because I can afford to drink better quality alcohol and I don't have time to lay on the couch in a darkened room and marinate in smelly pain. Get up the next morning, take a shower, drink some water and coffee, and go work out or even do yardwork. Sunlight is not evil.
 
2013-09-13 09:34:21 AM  
I used to be a big drinker but now, in my 40s, 6 pints on a Saturday night is still reminding me on Monday how pathetic I have become.
 
2013-09-13 09:42:47 AM  

CruJones: All I know is a hangover at 36 hurts ten times worse than at 22, and can last for days.

/nothing wrong with "binge drinking" at 60 now and then
//not that old




Wait another 10 years, they can last almost a week. Pretty much given up on booze anymore because of the recovery time.

My MIL discovered the ultimate cure to a hangover last year after 10 years of binge drinking on bottom-shelf vodka. Liver cancer followed by a nice shot of dead.

/worked for her
//sucked for my wife
 
2013-09-13 09:48:49 AM  
At this age, it's not the hangovers so much (headaches/puking/cotton mouth) as the heart arrhythmia, immeasurably high cholesterol/triglycerides, abdominal pain and ER visits.
 
2013-09-13 09:49:46 AM  
The Big Book cured all of my hangovers, thank goodness.
 
2013-09-13 10:06:51 AM  
These researchers down now nothing, but I would love to go back in time and take one of these research assignments. Good money doing something fun. However, besides the flaws indicated, I got some more:
*At my state college, binge drinking is when you drink the equivalent half of bottle of booze by yourself in less than 2 hours, and you mix with beer.
*When I was younger, the definition of "binge" was when the person wants to get buzzed or f'd up fast and do stupid stuff drunk people do at the party.
*I was on the mellow crowd and my buddies and I would drink a 12-pack prior to leaving the house so we would not have to spend $5 per beer back in the 90's. We were nowhere near the level of drunk other people got, but we were buzzed enough to have a good time.
*God gave us fine spirits such as single malt whisky and scotch so we could enjoy a few sips and remember the same buzz we got with a 12 pack and not feel like crap the next day.
*We do not recover from "binge" better. We are smarter about what we drink, if we drink anymore at all. A person that binges the same way as when he was young is either too poor or cheap to buy the good stuff, never acquired the taste for hard liquor or is too stupid to learn from the hangover pain. But overall, most of us drink 2 beers and go to sleep or drink better spirits for those nights we want to celebrate.
 
2013-09-13 10:17:42 AM  
The main reason I quit drinking was because the hangovers got so bad. A night of drinking for me these days requires an entire day in bed to recover, and I never got hangovers before.
 
2013-09-13 10:26:00 AM  
These silly people in the study, everyone knows that you don't get hungover if you don't stop drinking.
 
2013-09-13 10:29:25 AM  

elgrancerdo: These researchers down now nothing, but I would love to go back in time and take one of these research assignments. Good money doing something fun. However, besides the flaws indicated, I got some more:
*At my state college, binge drinking is when you drink the equivalent half of bottle of booze by yourself in less than 2 hours, and you mix with beer.
*When I was younger, the definition of "binge" was when the person wants to get buzzed or f'd up fast and do stupid stuff drunk people do at the party.

*I was on the mellow crowd and my buddies and I would drink a 12-pack prior to leaving the house so we would not have to spend $5 per beer back in the 90's. We were nowhere near the level of drunk other people got, but we were buzzed enough to have a good time.
*God gave us fine spirits such as single malt whisky and scotch so we could enjoy a few sips and remember the same buzz we got with a 12 pack and not feel like crap the next day.
*We do not recover from "binge" better. We are smarter about what we drink, if we drink anymore at all. A person that binges the same way as when he was young is either too poor or cheap to buy the good stuff, never acquired the taste for hard liquor or is too stupid to learn from the hangover pain. But overall, most of us drink 2 beers and go to sleep or drink better spirits for those nights we want to celebrate.


I don't know when the definition became what it is today, back in my day however when you said someone was "on a drinking binge", it meant they had been drinking/drunk for several days in a row, only stopping when they passed out and starting all over again when they woke up.
 
2013-09-13 10:50:28 AM  
I don't know when the definition became what it is today, back in my day however when you said someone was "on a drinking binge", it meant they had been drinking/drunk for several days in a row, only stopping when they passed out and starting all over again when they woke up.

That's always been my understanding too.
 
2013-09-13 02:21:13 PM  
I'd like to post a witty comment, but this damn headache...
 
2013-09-13 10:31:58 PM  

bump: I don't know when the definition became what it is today, back in my day however when you said someone was "on a drinking binge", it meant they had been drinking/drunk for several days in a row, only stopping when they passed out and starting all over again when they woke up.

That's always been my understanding too.


When the nannies took over.  Not enough people go on benders like you describe to make a profitable public health scare about it.  Plenty of folks drink a 6 pack on Friday.
 
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