GOT A HANGOVER? TRY SPRITE – Those fun filled, alcohol fueled, evenings eventually catch up with all of us; most notably in the morning.
Yes, there’s not much worse than waking up after a heavy night out where even the slightest noise feels like a full brass band marching through your head.
Of course it’s not just the headache; it’s all the other symptoms such as the cloud of haze that refuses to lift and your stomach crying out in protest as to what you forced it to process.
Before you reach for the coffee pot or decide to ward off the effects with the ‘hair of the dog’ you might want to consider grabbing a cold can of Sprite. Yes, Sprite soda.
According to Chinese scientists they tested no less than fifty seven varieties of drink in order to find one that best tackled a raging hangover. The test consisted of all manner of drinks from herbal teas, coca cola, water, coffee and of course a Bloody Mary but the one drink that resulted in notable improvement to the effects of a hangover was a simple can of Sprite.
Why Sprite? Well according to the scientists research the carbonation along with the lemon and lime helps the body to break down the alcohol therefore allowing the body to process it much faster and as a result remove the effects of a hangover much quicker.
Scientists explained the process of how the body deals with alcohol noting that when we drink our livers produce an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH). This breaks down the ethanol in alcohol into a chemical known as acetaldehyde which prevents too much alcohol entering the bloodstream – without the enzyme most would likely perish from alcohol poisoning.
Yes the human body really is a remarkable organic machines but it doesn’t stop there. After the alcohol is broken down by acetaldehyde yet another chemical is created, this time an enzyme called aldehyde dehydrogenase which produces acetate (ALDH).
According to scientists it is the acetaldehyde which causes the hangover and so they set about examining how acetaldehyde reacts to different types of beverages and discovered that Sprite was the one drink that broke down acetaldehyde quicker; therefore speeding up the removal of a hangover.
Scientist did note that the worst drink to consume was that of herbal tea for it blocked the breaking down of the chemicals therefore prolonging the side effects of a hangover.
This may not be a nice thought but that raging headache you have after a night out on the town is the result of alcohol swelling your brain which in return causes it to collide against the skull – yes it can cause certain elements of brain damage which is why doctors and health officials tell you that alcohol should only be consumed in small quantities.
So there you have it… if you do wake up feeling like the No.9 Bus has just run over you, and indeed taken the time to reverse back over you – then reach for a can of Sprite.
Of course you could play it safe and moderate your alcohol consumption which is medically much better for you.