Why Sprite Actually Cures Hangovers
We’ve all had that morning of waking up when our tongue feels furry, our head feels as if it’s vibrating like the strings on a guitar, and somehow, laying completely still in bed doesn’t help. However, according to a team of Chinese researchers, instead of going for that bloody Mary in the morning, turns out you might just want to grab a Sprite instead.
In this study, the lemon-lime, LeBron James loving, carbonated drink showed positive or above positive results on alcohol-related symptoms. But where does this magic come from?
Acetaldehyde is an organic, poisonous chemical compound that is created whenever we consume alcohol of any kind. However, the Chinese researchers found that Sprite, when consumed, contains the ability to break down the acetaldehyde. In breaking down the acetaldehyde, it also rids the body of those feelings we get after consuming alcohol, otherwise known as a hangover.
We get hungover because acetaldehyde, a poisonous chemical, gets processed by the liver, and the ensuing “hangover” is our body’s way of fighting that poison. But with Sprite, we need worry no more, so next time you’re spending a night out drinking, remember to fill up on Sprite before… Although, any stupid things that are done is on you.
Cover image by Jason Caine