Understanding a Two-Day Hangover: Comprehensive Guide

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Hangovers are the worst.

Generally a hangover will not last longer than a day. However, two day hangovers are a possibility for some people. 

So, what is a hangover? What is happening to the body and what causes two-day hangovers?

Most importantly, what can you do to get rid of a two-day hangover? 

What exactly is a hangover?

man with hangover

To start, what is a hangover? What is happening to the body & why do you feel sick? 

In simple terms, a hangover is the body’s response to drinking too much alcohol.

It can present itself with a variety of symptoms and differs from person to person, depending on different factors.

Symptoms can include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea and loss of appetite
  • Sweating (cold sweats also common)
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Heartburn and/or indigestion
  • Dry mouth and excessive thirst
  • Shakiness and dizziness
  • Anxiety and irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Light and/or sound sensitivity (which goes along with irritability)

As if this extensive list of hangover symptoms isn’t enough, some people suffer from more severe symptoms including seizures, excessive vomiting, breathing complications, confusion, and even loss of consciousness. 

While these may sound extreme, they are certainly not to be taken lightly and we would be remiss if we failed to include the serious symptoms when discussing what a hangover could possibly entail.

What causes bad hangovers?

Hangovers can result from binge drinking or even just having a few drinks with dinner depending on your tolerance, as well as factors such as your body weight and genetic makeup, food intake, use of other drugs or chemical interactions, and even the type of alcohol that you consumed. 

If you have a bad hangover here are some of the most common reasons why:


dehydrated man

Dehydration is a major factor for the sick feelings that accompany a hangover.

When you are drinking you are also urinating more, causing your body to get rid of other forms of hydration within your system.

Alcohols Effect on the Stomach 

Another factor of alcohol consumption that can contribute to a hangover is the fact that alcohol in itself can disrupt the stomach’s natural environment.

This can then create a more toxic and acidic environment which can lead to nausea, heartburn, indigestion, vomiting and diarrhea.

Inflammatory response 

Let’s keep the list going with the inflammatory response that comes as a result of alcohol consumption and can cause those symptoms of confusion, appetite and memory loss.

The moodiness, irritability, and fatigue you feel after a  night of drinking is attributed to the drop in blood sugar that your body experiences as a response to alcohol consumption.

The headache that even a prescription strength Motrin can’t seem to kick is from the dilated blood vessels.

The Two-Day Hangover

Now that we’ve discussed the science behind a hangover, let’s talk about a two day hangover

Most people will not experience a two day hangover as it is a rare situation.  However, if your hangover symptoms are not gone at the end of one day then you are experiencing a two day hangover. 

What factors contributed to a two day hangover?

  • Age - There is evidence to support the fact that as you age your body becomes less capable of breaking down and processing alcohol.
  • Food - Drinking on an empty stomach can lead to unpleasant hangover symptoms like nausea, vomiting, heartburn and indigestion. It is best to fill up the night before, preferably on carb-heavy foods that will provide a barrier between the booze and your stomach.
  • Hydration - While it is certainly easier said than done, there is truth to the idea that if you break up your alcoholic beverages with glasses of water you can lessen the misery of your hangover. As mentioned above, dehydration is a big contributing factor to hangovers. 
  • What you drink - Research shows that certain types of booze can contribute to more harsh hangovers than others. Steer clear or the rums, red wines, and dark beers if you are easily susceptible to hangovers. 
  • How frequently you consume alcohol - If you don't typically drink much but you have decided it is bottom’s up for your best friend’s wedding, chances are you are going to feel the effects much more than someone who has a higher alcohol tolerance. 

Now, if you combine these factors, you may just be faced with a hangover that lasts for two days.

What can you do to cure your two-day hangover?

women making tea

One of the worst parts of a hangover, especially a lingering hangover, is the constant reminder in the back of your mind that you brought this upon yourself.

Yup, the awful cold sweats, pounding headache, and relentless nausea are 100% your own fault.

So, what can you do to remedy the hangover quickly?

Here are some common suggestions for curing your hangover.

  • Eating a lot will help cure your hangover

Eating can help ease your symptoms and put you on the road to recovery.

Foods that are rich in vitamins and nutrients could help alleviate some of your symptoms. Start with a hearty, healthy breakfast followed by a long rest and you just might find some relief!

  • Throwing up will ease your symptoms.

Well, not necessarily. Throwing up, either while drunk or hungover, may temporarily relieve your nausea, but unfortunately it is just that-a temporary fix.


  • Popping pain relievers will ease the symptoms.

True. But proceed with caution when choosing your pain reliever. You’ll want to steer clear of medications such as Tylenol which are known to process through the stomach, and an already irritated one at that. 

IV Therapy to help with two day hangovers?

IV therapy is a great solution for treating a two day hangover. 

With Reset IV you are able to choose from a variety of packages, to help with a bad hangover

Our IV bags come jam-packed with vitamins and minerals known to help ease hangover symptoms.

What is even more is that as you peruse the package options, you can also choose to add pain relievers and anti-nausea medications, making IV hydration the ultimate cocktail of your dreams.

So how exactly does this whole process work?

You will be pleased to know that Reset IV Hydration can be found in your major party-zone hotspots including:

After you have decided upon an antidote, a medical professional will arrive at your home, office, or even yacht to administer the IV and have you feeling back to normal in no time.

What’s the catch?

Get this… there isn’t one! IV therapy truly is a safe and effective way to cure (or prevent, check out the pre-game package) your worst hangover. With this quick fix, you are delivering hydration and nutrients directly into the bloodstream. Treatments generally take between 25-45 minutes and you’ll be well on your way to recovery. 

So if you find yourself with a two day hangover reach out to us and we will have you feeling back to your old self in no time flat.