The Best Hangover Cure Is Sprite, Say Chinese Researchers

The Best Hangover Cure is Sprite, Say Chinese Researchers

Researchers at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou in China analysed 57 different drinks, looking for the best hangover cure. They claim they found it: Sprite.

Sprite might not erase hangovers all together, but the fizzy drink could shorten those icky feelings you get from getting hammered and help your body breakdown the booze.

After drinking alcohol, the human body goes through a two-stage process to break down the chemicals, The Independent reports. First, ethanol is metabolized by the liver into acetaldehyde via an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase or "ADH". Then, that is broken down into acetate through aldehyde dehydrogenase or "ALDH". It's exposure to acetaldehyde that causes the hangover, whether that's feeling sick, throwing up or having headaches.

When testing the different beverages, the researchers at Sun Yat-Sen University checked to see how each affected ADH and ALDH. They found that Sprite, or "Xue bi" as it's called in China, actually helped speed up the enzyme's process, thus shortening the body's exposure to acetaldehyde. And that means less of a hangover.

The researchers are readying an independent study to confirm their results. In the meantime, feel free to conduct your own research. For science!

Hangover cure finally found: Sprite [The Independent via ShanghaiIst]

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    Unless, of course, it's a corpirate sponsored fraudulent study that's all the rage in China lately...

    Damn you autocorrect

    Ah, thank you for that million dollars, Coca-Cola Amatil.

    I've always found that it depends on the type of alcohol I drank to get drunk as to what helps me the most the next day.. so I have to wonder what they were drinking during the testing.

    For me personally, the most common thing that helps is anything with milk.. chocolate milkshake being the preferred.. I think it's because the milky solids/fats line the stomach and make me not feel so stomach-sick or hungry without actually needing to eat a lot.

    I skip the hangover entirely and take Last Man Standing.

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