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There comes a time in life when recovering from drinking alcohol takes far more time than the amount of time spent drinking alcohol

When I was a bit younger, it was nothing to pull an all-nighter, drinking well into the next day, or to start off tailgating for a noon college football game on Saturday and still be drinking for the one o’clock NFL games on Sunday. But as you get older, the alcohol serves as a reminder of the fact that you’re getting older, and you can’t quite hang with the youngsters anymore.

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According to the New York Post, there are scientific reasons behind this and here they are:

1. As you get older, you have less liver enzymes 

Let’s face it, your liver is a pretty important organ when it comes to drinking. Alcohol is a toxicant, it’s the part of your body has to break it down and get rid of the toxic parts. Your liver has to break down the ethanol, into something it has the ability to digest, that something is acetaldehyde.

2. The body becomes weaker when it comes to the recovery process

According to George F. Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism told the Huffington Post: “As one gets older metabolism changes; also neuroplasticity ― the ability of neuronal function to bounce back ― is thought to slow.”

3. Blame it on your lifestyle

4. As people get older they take more medication, your meds make it worse

5. It’s okay to accept your age

The older you get, the less you can drink. It comes with the territory.

So, next time you decide to hit up happy hour after work, be prepared for the booze flu the next day. It’s just the way things begin to work

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