DEAR DOCTOR K: Why do I get a hangover when I drink? What's the best way to get rid of it?
DEAR READER: Last night was great -- friends, food, fun and wine. Lots of wine. But this morning your head is pounding and your mouth is dry. The lights are too bright and every noise sounds like a jackhammer. Breakfast? You can't bear the thought of it. There's a lot we don't know about hangovers -- but we do know about the effects of alcohol on the body. And what we know may explain some of your hangover symptoms.