Many people out there will tell you that if you drink sake you will not wake up with a hangover. Even in extreme cases of over-indulgence sake will not produce a hangover. There are a number of reasons why after a night out, you may awaken with the classic symptoms known as a hangover. These would include nausea, headache, loss of appetite, oh and everyone’s favorite… vomiting. So, is sake a miracle substance?
Over the break I felt that during my time off I should at least do some “research”.
Hypothesis: Over consumption of sake would leave me hangover free.
Experiment: Purchase one big bottle of sake. Then, consume with two other “test subjects”, not drinking any other alcohol.
Analyze Data: I woke up in the morning with a horrible headache… the other test subjects had similar symptoms.
Conclusion: Sake does in fact lead to a hangover.
If you are at all familiar with the scientific method, you would see the fatal flaw in this experiment. It would be the second step of doing background research. I completed this step the next morning. Hangovers are caused by the dehydrating effects of alcohol combined with the use of other harsh ingredients that lead to hangovers. Though sake is a fairly pure alcohol, low grade sake’s use harsh preservatives (a big cheap bottle would likely fall into this category). And of course, it is alcohol. So here it is. Sake will induce hangovers, but with high grade sake and consumption of water you can skate the repercussions of overindulgence.