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Tuesday
Aug272013

ARE HANGOVERS A CURSE OF THE PAST?

Australian scientists (they had to be Australian scientists) might have found a way to end the curse of hangovers once and for all.

A group of researchers from Queensland's Griffith Health Institute have developed a beer that includes electrolytes, such as you find in sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade, to minimise the dehydration that helps cause hangovers.

One of the main causes of hangovers, dehydration is thwarted by the electrolytes in the Griffith beer because it hydrates the body even as the alcohol naturally dehydrates it. 

Associate professor Ben Desbrow, of the Griffith Health Institute’s Centre for Health Practice Innovation, told newsmedical.net: “We basically manipulated the electrolyte levels of two commercial beers, one regular strength and one light beer, and gave it to research subjects who’d just lost a significant amount of sweat by exercising. We then used several measures to monitor the participant’s fluid recovery to the different beers.

“Of the four different beers the subjects consumed, our augmented light beer was by far the most well retained by the body, meaning it was the most effective at rehydrating the subjects. The ‘improved’ light beer was actually a third more effective at hydrating a person than normal beer.”

The only bad news is that the new beer shouldn't be used as a post-ride/run/swim/gym session drink, though. 

“This is definitely not a good idea, but what we’ve found is that many people who sweat a lot, especially tradesmen, knock off work and have a beer. But alcohol in a dehydrated body can have all sorts of repercussions, including decreased awareness of risk.”

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