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#1 Crisp

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 20:49

Hangover cure finally found: Sprite

 

Chinese researchers discover how to stop that morning after feeling before it's even started

 

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Like the philosopher's stone, the cure for a hangover seems to exist only in legend.

The magical elixir has evaded even the most determined of scientists, at least until now.

Chinese researchers applied themselves to the problem from another angle, looking into how a hangover could be handled before it even started.

And they claim they have found an answer: Sprite.

 

It is believed that some of the nastier symptoms of a hangover are not actually caused by the alcohol itself, but by the process of the body trying to break down the alcohol.

This is why the 'hair of the dog' is sometimes thought to work in staving off a hangover, because it prevents the body from continuing to break down the alcohol.

After drinking, the body goes through a two stage metabolic process to break down the ethanol.

First the liver metabolises the ethanol into acetaldehyde through an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and then it breaks it down into acetate by aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH).

However while acetate is generally considered harmless and even responsible for some of the more beneficial effects of drinking, exposure to the more pernicious acetaldehyde actually causes the symptoms of a hangover, including nausea, vomiting and a headache.

Researchers at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou examined the way a number of drinks affected the way the body metabolised alcohol.

Analysing  57 different drinks, including herbal infusions, teas, and carbonated beverages, they measured their effects on ADH and ALDH and discovered each brew had a different effect.

While some herbal teas slowed down the process, thus prolonging a hangover, Xue bi, a carbonated drink known as Sprite in Britain, was found to actually speed the enzyme’s work up. This means that Sprite could ease a hangover because it shortens the body's exposure to acetaldehyde.

The researchers plan to perform another independent study to ensure their test results can be considered conclusive. The results were published in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Food and Function.

 

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#2 DocM

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 21:06

There are 11-12 different Sprite formulations made by Coke, some specific to China, so it'll be interesting to see what ingredient is responsible.

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 21:11

I find flat Coca Cola helps as well, before going out I open a can for the morning... :x



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Posted 08 October 2013 - 21:25

I find flat Coca Cola helps as well, before going out I open a can for the morning... :x

 

Put a shot in that Coke... Two birds with one drink :)



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Posted 08 October 2013 - 22:01

Ugh if I woullda seen this 3 days ago... -_-



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Posted 08 October 2013 - 22:20

Pint of water before bed, maybe with a paracetamol or two.  Job done!



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Posted 08 October 2013 - 22:29

Hello,

Pint of water before bed, maybe with a paracetamol or two.  Job done!


Exactly. If you drink water before and after (best during but noone really does this), it can save you a hangover.

When I drinked, I took Nik Louch's method: Drink a lot of water before going to sleep and after drinking. Waked up great :)

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 22:33

Ugh if I woullda seen this 3 days ago... -_-

 

 

you drink?  Want to go out to drink with me?

 

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 22:41

Yes I do and 3 days ago I had a hangover from hell 

 

I'd love to go drink with you.



#10 B0mberman

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 22:43

i usually :

 

1. drink water before bed

2. have a fatty breakfast

3. Drink some coffee

4. craft a J 

 

ta-da



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Posted 08 October 2013 - 22:54

Yes I do and 3 days ago I had a hangover from hell 

 

I'd love to go drink with you.

 

So do I..   :)

 

Come on over to the bar. :)



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Posted 08 October 2013 - 23:06

Pint of water before bed, maybe with a paracetamol or two.  Job done!

To be honest I usually drink about two and half pints of water and have found it to be a very effective cure; that and ibuprofen in the morning. Of course greasy food always helps for those really heavy nights - my favourite is eggy-crumpets (crumpets soaked in egg and milk, then fried).



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Posted 08 October 2013 - 23:08

To be honest I usually drink about two and half pints of water and have found it to be a very effective cure; that and ibuprofen in the morning. Of course greasy food always helps for those really heavy nights - my favourite is eggy-crumpets (crumpets soaked in egg and milk, then fried).

 

Drinking water after alky makes me even worse. I have to have drink that tastes or I get this acidy ouch in my throat. 

 

So do I..   :)

 

Come on over to the bar. :)

 

Sure! *walks over*



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Posted 08 October 2013 - 23:10

I thought this was known.

 

Sprite is the only thing that allowed me to survive St Patrick's Day '07.

 

After heavy drinking, drinking a full glass of water before going to sleep is also recommended.



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Posted 08 October 2013 - 23:11

Weelllllpp time to stock up!

 

(Water + painkillers before bed, coconut water in the morning, usually fixes me up.)