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Why You Get The Hiccups When You're Drunk

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You probably already know the signs that tell you you've had a few too many drinks (ahem, texting your ex). But the one that always sneaks up on you without warning has to be the dreaded hiccups. Turns, there's a reason why we're prone to hiccups when we're drunk.

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Of course, you can get hiccups from drinking anything too quickly. But, as Gina Sam, M.D., told Shape, drinking alcohol is particularly hiccup-inducing, since "alcohol promotes acid reflux and that could [irritate] the esophagus." This could, in turn, irritate the vagus nerve within the esophagus, which triggers those dreaded hiccups. Something else to keep in mind: If your libation of choice is beer, champagne, or anything carbonated, the additional air could also cause hiccups, which is yet another reason to opt for wine.

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If you wind up with a nasty case of hiccups, there are plenty of suggested cures out there, both of the scientific and anecdotal variety. Dr. Sam also said that a case that lasts longer than a day or two is cause for alarm — so if you're concerned, call your doc.

Hey, if all else fails, you could give J Lawr's trick a try.

Click through to Shape for answers to more of your major health questions. (Shape)

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