Apparently Sprite is being scientifically lauded as the new hangover cure. A study published in the September issue of Food and Function found that imbibing the lemony-limey pop can effectively reduce all of the main hangover symptoms.
Now for the science-y bit…
Your typical hangover symptoms such as nausea, exhaustion and an exploding-skull-stylee headache aren’t caused by alcohol as such, but rather by acetaldehyde, an enzyme the body produces as it struggles to process all the toxic booze you recklessly consumed.
So lots of the traditional hangover cures such as strong coffee, greasy fry-ups, McDonalds, Coca-cola, green tea and salt and vinegar crisps (no? Just me then?) actually slow down the digestion process, thereby eeking out the acetaldehyde’s impact.
Sprite (and soda water, but I’m tempted to ignore that on the grounds of it being not v appetising at the best of times, let alone when you’re feeling like death warmed up) speed(s) up the conversion process and actually helps to reduce your hangover. Yippee.
Obviously I’m not encouraging you to go and get hideously drunk to test this theory as that would be incredibly irresponsible…which I’m not. So I’ll defer to a favourite author of mine who has much to say on the subject. Take it away Ernest:
“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”
“I drink to make other people more interesting.” Ernest Hemingway