But I Only Had One Beer…Hiccup!

But I Only Had One Beer…Hiccup!

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The classic way to tell who is drunk in the movies is seeing who has a case of the hiccups. However, Hollywood did not make this up, drinking alcohol can cause hiccups for certain people even if they don’t consume that much. No matter how innocent you may be, one beer can cause hiccups.

What Causes Hiccups

Hiccups are caused by an involuntary contraction of the diaphragm that happens at the same time the larynx and glottis are closed as well. The glottis is actually the middle part of the larynx where the vocal chords are located. The result is that the air intake is complete shut off.

However, this isn’t enough to actually start the hiccups as the conditions are ripe when the stomach is mildly upset. Also, there may be psychological issues that may contribute as well. These conditions lead to spasms in the diaphragm in which the air is being pushed back up the lungs.

Most hiccups are relative short in nature and cause no long term effects when stopped within a few minutes. However, hiccups that last for more than 48 hours, medical treatment will be needed.

Alcoholic drinks, especially those that are carbonated tend to start the hiccupping process because they trigger the conditions in the stomach that makes hiccups possible. For those who hiccup every time they drink alcohol, it is recommended that you stop because you set the conditions for a long term hiccupping process which will require medical attention.

Try these Easy Steps to Get Rid of your Hiccups

There are many different home remedies that promise to cure hiccups ranging from biting down on a lemon to tasting vinegar on the tip of your tongue. However, these two steps have generally been the most effective at breaking up the spasms in the diaphragm that cause hiccups to occur.

Beverage Method: In order to stop hiccups, you’ll need something non-carbonated to drink like water or juice for example. Pour the liquid into a cup and drink is slow sips for as long as you can while breathing through your nose. By breathing slowly, you are disrupting the spasms that are occurring in your diaphragm. Try sipping this way for thirty seconds, then try again if that does not work.

Sit Down Method: If you don’t have any non-carbonated drinks, then you can sit down on the floor and try holding your breath. First, inhale completely to fill up the lungs which will push your diaphragm downwards and then hold your breath. Now, press the air downwards towards the bottom of your lungs to stretch the diaphragm even more. Be careful and do not press very hard. Keep holding your breath as long as you can, but don’t go beyond your comfort level and then exhale slowly.

This should work on the first try, but you may have to repeat it a few times to get all the spasms out of your system. Using either one of these methods will help you overcome your case of the hiccups, whether you have consumed alcohol or not.

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