Irritation to the diaphragm leads to its spasm and continuous involuntary air sucking in through the mouth. This air hits the voice box in reaction to which the vocal cords close suddenly, creating the hiccup sound. This irritation of the nerve connecting the brain to the diaphragm could be due to fast eating or drinking, overeating, stress, alcoholism, etc. Usually, they stop on their own after a while. If they are present for more than a day, consulting a doctor is necessary.

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