Alcohol and "morning-after" stubble

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Offline techmind

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Alcohol and "morning-after" stubble
« on: 19/05/2012 21:05:28 »
Another alcohol question  :)

There is a perception that (shaven) men have a more prominent stubble the morning after a night of heavy drinking (alcohol). It's widely portrayed in cartoons and things too.

Is the effect real?

What causes it?
Does the hair really grow faster due to alcohol, or is it that the sleep pattern is affected which in turn affects the growth, or perhaps it's just that a heavy night usually leads to a lie-in and thus more time for the hair to grow?
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Re: Alcohol and "morning-after" stubble
« Reply #1 on: 19/05/2012 22:21:08 »
Alcohol does cause dehydration ...

Dehydration does make hair look like it has grown after death ...
the skin around the hair and fingernails will desiccate (i.e., lose water) and thereby shrink. When the skin shrinks, it retracts, making hair and fingernails look longer, as if they'd grown.
« Last Edit: 19/05/2012 22:23:17 by RD »


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Re: Alcohol and "morning-after" stubble
« Reply #2 on: 21/05/2012 15:41:44 »
I'll go for the extra lie-in and general unkept appearance that accompanies a night on the booze