Is Sprite A Hangover Cure?

Sprite_Hangover_2013Scientists at the Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China, conducted a study, titled “Effects of Herbal Infusion, Tea and Carbonated Beverage on Alcohol Dehydrogenase and Aldehyde Dehydrogenase Activities,” that tested 57 beverages and they have given their stamp of approval to one hangover remedy…

Sprite.

Here’s the science of it all:

“[Alcohol] is metabolised into acetaldehyde by the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and then into acetate by aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH). Unlike acetaldehyde, acetate is innocuous and may even be responsible for some of the positive health benefits of alcohol consumption. Therefore the key to reducing alcohol-related damage lies in minimizing the amount of time acetaldehyde is present in the body.”

Basically, ALDH = good, ADH = hangover.

Source: E Online

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