Chinese researchers have discovered what any beer-gutted US fratboy already knew: that Sprite is the best hangover remedy, The Independent reports:
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.
We presume the only hangover cure that beats it is more baijiu. Maybe Sun Yat-Sen’s next big project can be researching which junk food – hot pockets, Pringles, or Funyuns – is the best remedy for the munchies.
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