Why Does Tequila Seem to Make You More Hungover Than Other Booze?

The answer is so simple

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Think of all of the hangovers you could have avoided.

Do you love margaritas, but despise the hangover they give you? Are you hesitant to take a shot of tequila because you know the next day won’t be pretty? If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that a hangover caused by drinking tequila is the absolute worst.[related]

Why does this hangover make us feel worse than the one we get after drinking other liquors? If you’re looking for the ultimate secret to avoiding a tequila hangover, we’re here to tell you it’s not rocket science. In fact, to avoid a nasty tequila hangover, all you have to do is look at the label.

Here’s the deal: Good tequila is made from 100-percent pure agave — no if, ands, or buts about it. If you are drinking tequila that isn’t “100 percent de agave,” you’re sure to be in bed for a majority of the morning after. If the bottle doesn’t say this on the label, there’s a chance the tequila was cut with vodka when it was made.

Tequila that’s cut with vodka? Who would do such a thing? Well, pure tequila definitely goes down a lot smoother, but if you’re looking to get the general taste of tequila in your margarita, vodka-cut tequila generally gets the job done, and it’s way cheaper to make it this way.

Here are a few things to keep in mind the next time you decide you’re going to indulge in this delicious yet dangerous liquor.

Margaritas Contain a Lot of Sugar

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. When you’re trying to avoid a hangover, sugar is not your friend, most of all because it dehydrates you. Save yourself the misery and drink a glass of water after a margarita.

Mexican Food Is filling and delicious, So Enjoy It!

If you insist on drinking a large amount of tequila that’s not made from 100-percent pure agave, take full advantage of the chips, guacamole, rice, and beans that go hand in hand with your margarita. These foods are delicious, and they fill you up — which will help you out in the long run. Your body needs something to absorb all that alcohol.

Tequila Tends to Be Enjoyed as a Shot

You can thank the salt, shot, and lime routine for that one! Like other liquors, if you keep pounding the shots back, your body won’t be happy.