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Oxygenated Booze that Won't Give You a Hangover


March 8, 2010

Could oxygen bubbles be the key to preventing a hangover?
Researchers at Chungnam National University in South Korea have discovered that imbibing oxygenated alcohol results in fewer hangovers and a quicker sobering-up period. One group of volunteers was given regular alcoholic beverages while another was given drinks with added oxygen bubbles (produced by a fountain soda maker). Those who consumed the oxygenated drinks sobered up about 30 minutes faster than those who drank the normal alcohol. The study also found that the bubbly booze caused fewer and less severe hangovers after an all-night drinking session. Results showed that elevated, dissolved oxygen concentrations in alcoholic drinks can accelerate the metabolism and elimination of alcohol.

Dr. Kwang-il Kwon, who helped lead the study, said: "This could provide both clinical and real-life significance. The oxygen-enriched alcohol beverage would allow individuals to become sober faster, and reduce the side effects of acetaldehyde [an ethanol-produced compound believed to cause hangovers] without a significant difference in alcohol's effects. Furthermore, the reduced time to a lower BAC may reduce alcohol-related accidents." Fans of spirits may want to take note and consider adding some bubbles into their next vodka cocktail.




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