Hangovers from hell kick in at the age of 34 while people feel ‘too old’ to go out at 38, study finds
- The survey of 2,000 people from 18 to 65, found we stop doing shots at 33
- A doctor said the enzymes that breakdown alcohol breakdown get less efficient
- Ollie Hunter, 38, said after his 34th birthday: ‘My hangover lasted three days’
Hangovers may be the grim inevitability of a big night out – but they really start to hit hard when we reach 34, a survey has claimed.
And, on average, four years later, at 38, people begin feeling ‘too old’ to go out at all and would rather spend a night on the sofa.
The survey of the drinking habits of 2,000 people aged from 18 to 65, commissioned by greeting-card firm Thortful, found other age-related landmarks, including the end of doing shots at 33 and the onset of two-day hangovers at 35.
Ollie Hunter, 38 said: ‘My hangover lasted three days – my head just wouldn’t stop pounding’ Pictured; Stock Image
Key findings from the study include:
Age 28 – Stop craving kebabs/chips
Age 33 – Stop doing shots
Age 34 – Hangovers from hell begin
Age 35 – Hangovers last two days
Age 36 – Your go-to drink changes
Age 37 – You start to ‘know your limits’
Age 38 – Feeling ‘too old’ to go out
Age 39 – Feel more drunk after two drinks
Ollie Hunter, 38, of St Albans, Herts, said: ‘I remember my 34th birthday* it was a messy one.
‘I went into London with a group of pals and ended up doing shots until 4am.
‘I don’t even remember getting home, but I do remember that from that day onwards I’ve never had another shot of tequila.’
Speaking about his hangover, the design consultant said: ‘My hangover lasted three days – my head just wouldn’t stop pounding.’
A spokesman for thorftul.com said this week: ‘It’s a well known fact that our hangovers get worse with age, and our new study has revealed when they become hangovers from hell*the age of 34.’
Dr Deborah Lee, at Dr Fox Online Pharmacy, said: ‘Little research has been conducted on the severity of hangovers with ageing.
‘However, hangovers are due to the breakdown of alcohol and the persisting presence of its toxic metabolite – acetaldehyde – in the body.
The survey of the drinking habits of 2,000 people aged from 18 to 65 found other age-related landmarks, including the end of doing shots at 33
‘Hangovers are likely to worsen with age because the activity of the key enzymes involved in alcohol breakdown becomes less efficient with age.
‘Also, older people have less muscle and more fat, plus the distribution of water within the body alters as we age.
‘The end result is higher levels of blood alcohol which take longer to metabolise.’