Some say a greasy breakfast will cure a hangover, some say a little hair of the dog that bit you. Chinese scientists are now saying Sprite will do the trick. Luckily for me and anyone else who thinks lemon lime flavored soda is gross, seltzer will also work.
According to legend, hangovers are not caused by the actual alcohol, but the body’s attempt to break it down later. As the New York Daily News explains:
After drinking, the body goes through two stages of a metabolic process to break down ethanol. First the liver metabolizes it into acetaldehyde by the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and then into acetate by aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH). Unlike acetaldehyde, acetate is considered harmless and may even be responsible for some of the positive health benefits of alcohol consumption.
But exposing the body to acetaldehyde actually causes the symptoms of a hangover, including nausea and a pounding headache
Researchers out of Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou studied the effects of each drink on ADH and ALDH analyzed nearly 60 different beverages from fizzy drinks to herbal infusions on down in order to see which drinks best helped the body metabolize alcohol.
Soda water and the chinese iteration of Sprite ranked as the best drinks for curing hangovers because they shortened the body’s exposure to ALDH by speeding up the enzyme’s process. Strangely enough, herbal tea is ranked among the worst because it slowed down the enzyme process and kept the hangover going.
More research is needed before Science can definitively encourage the hungover to chug Sprite. Until then, I will keep sipping pickle juice and praying for death after a rough night.
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