Water may be as good at clearing up a boozed-up brain as it is at curing your thirst. “Alcohol dehydrates the body which causes a lot of the side effects of alcohol,” said Dr Zehra Siddiqui. “Also it does help to dilute the alcohol.” The old adage of downing a healthy glass of H2O per every goblet full of unhealthy hooch actually seems to be true.
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What if popping a pill could immediately let any imbiber ace a DUI test? A team at UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science is working on one that contains oxidase to break down alcohol and a second enzyme to clean up the toxic waste that oxidase causes. The study, which appears in Nature Nanotechnology, suggests the capsule essentially processes alcohol the way the liver does. “With further research, this discovery could be used as a preventative measure or antidote for alcohol intoxication,” said study author Yunfeng Lu, PhD, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, in a news release. Lu recently reported that the treatment decreased the blood alcohol level in mice by 45% in four hours.
Fizzy drinks can be as fun as their end-of-the-night results are frightening. Carbonated beverages such as beer, champagne or even rum served with cola may speed up your body’s absorption of alcohol more than the non-bubbly kind. In this 2007 study of 21 people, 66% of people who consumed vodka absorbed the alcohol faster if it was mixed with a carbonated beverage compared with water. So next time you’re thinking about ordering a vodka tonic… you may want to hold the tonic and choose a different mixer.