If you’re looking for a magic drink to cure a hangover, Chinese scientists may have found it.
What causes hangovers?
A group of Chinese researchers claims that Sprite may be the perfect hangover cure.
They first decided to determine what causes a hangover. Researcher Hua-Bin Li and his colleagues at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou found that some of the adverse effects of liquor are believed to be caused not by the alcohol itself but by the process of the body by trying to break down the alcohol.
When people drink, the liver releases an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH), which breaks down the ethanol in alcohol into a chemical known as acetaldehyde. This is then broken down into another chemical known as acetate by aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH).
Unlike acetaldehyde, acetate is considered harmless and even be responsible for some of the positive health benefits of alcohol consumption. Exposing the body to acetaldehyde, however, actually causes the symptoms of a hangover.
Best hangover cure
To see what could ease nausea and headache, they examined 57 beverages, ranging from herbal teas to sodas, before concluding that the lemon and lime drink performed the best.
Interestingly, scientists had hypothesized that what you consume after drinking alcohol could change the effect of alcohol on your body. They found that Sprite may help speed along the body’s response to alcohol, reducing hangover symptoms.