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A Hard Hitting Truth About Sake

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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.


  1. RichardA | Wednesday, December 3, 2008

    I believe the same holds true for almost any type of alcohol. The more premium alcohols, which are purer and have far less additives and such, are less likely to cause a hangover.

    Personally, I have never had a hangover when I have drank Sake, but then I only drink large quantities of quality Sake.

  2. Lam Huynh | Wednesday, December 3, 2008

    I think the experiment here was a fail to begin with… Bombing sake with High Life, is already tainting the sake experience…

  3. Ashley | Sunday, July 12, 2015

    I did this same experiment lol but I used pretty decent sake and I knew to drink lots of water. I get such bad hangovers I don’t even drink anymore so I thought I’d try sake. There’s actually some tasty sakes out there that don’t taste like sake if this is the only reason you’re interested like me lol. I got pretty drunk, drunk enough I’d feel terrible but last night I felt fine and I went to bed without drinking lots of water or Tylenol and this morning it’s like I have the smallest hangover ever (I’m probably the most susceptible person to hangovers ever) that I’m expecting to disappear after I drink more water and eat a sandwich. Beats hugging the toilet like with wine (sorry wine!)

  4. Tina | Sunday, August 2, 2015

    What kind of sake was used. Heated makes it worse it means it’s low quality and its warmed to bring the alcohol out more. Higher quality sake has health benefits and is served cold. Though in pop culture we commonly see warmed sake. Which was used may I ask and how much was it and did it come from Japan? I read a book on sake and different types; expensive to affordable ones.

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