In a second study that focused more specifically on the effects of binge drinking, the scientists saw virtually identical results. Similarly, they found that weakened mitochondria can cause memory impairment and a loss of brain cells. Previous research also shows that alcohol has a direct impact on this, which is why we feel a little fuzzy after a night out.
So while we might be feeling particularly fitness-averse after a night of overdoing it (unless you count competitive binge drinking as exercise), it might be worth swallowing a few minutes of pain to head out for a brisk jog. Couple that with plenty of water, and you might never have to rely on post–night out fast food again.
Next, check out the hangover cures we (and Gwyneth Paltrow) swear by.