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Relationship between alcohol hangover and physical endurance performance: Walking the Samaria Gorge

Verster, Joris C; Anogeianaki, Aikaterini; Kruisselbrink, Darren; Alford, Chris; Stock, Ann-Kathrin

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Authors

Joris C Verster

Aikaterini Anogeianaki

Darren Kruisselbrink

Ann-Kathrin Stock



Abstract

Alcohol hangover is a potentially debilitating state. Several studies have demonstrated that it does not seem to impair strength or short-term endurance, but its effects on continuous exercise performance/long-term endurance have never been investigated. Therefore, the aim of the current study was to assess hiking performance of participants who walked the 15.8 km Samaria Gorge in Crete, Greece. Participants completed a survey in the morning before walking the Gorge, and in the afternoon after completion of the walk. Demographics, data on previous evening alcohol consumption, sleep, hangover symptoms, and walking performance were assessed. Data from N=299 participants with a mean (SD) age of 38.9 (11.0) years were analyzed. N=223 participants (74.6%) consumed alcohol the evening before walking the Samaria Gorge, and N= 176 (78.9%) of those reported a hangover. They consumed a mean (SD) of 3.0 (1.8) alcoholic drinks (10 g alcohol each) with a corresponding next-morning hangover severity of 4.6 (2.4) on a 0-10 scale. Participants with a hangover reported feeling significantly more exhausted after the walk compared to participants with no hangover. The groups did not significantly differ in duration of the walk, and the number and duration of breaks. Overall hangover severity, assessed either before, during, or after walking the Samaria Gorge was not significantly correlated with any walking outcome. In conclusion, hungover participants experienced significantly more exhaustion when performing physical activity at the same level as non-hungover participants.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2020
Journal Journal of Clinical Medicine
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 1
Article Number 114
Series Title Alcohol Hangover Special Issue
APA6 Citation Verster, J. C., Anogeianaki, A., Kruisselbrink, D., Alford, C., & Stock, A. (2020). Relationship between alcohol hangover and physical endurance performance: Walking the Samaria Gorge. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 9(1), https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9010114
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9010114
Keywords Physical performance; hiking; walking; water consumption; alcohol; hangover; sleep; Samaria Gorge

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