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Australian Scientists Are Trying To Create Hangover-Free Beer
August 22, 2013
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A glass of beer in Brooklyn, December 2012 (Photo: Getty)

At the moment, drinking a bunch of beer without risking a terrible hangover the next day means sticking to the non-alcoholic stuff.

But scientists in Australia are working on a beer with actual alcohol in it that won't lead to a morning full of pounding headaches and trying to think of a reason you'll be six hours late for work.

The team at Griffith University's Health Institute, in the city of Gold Coast, has developed a way to improve the hydrating qualities of beer "without compromising on taste," according to the Australian Times.

They're adding electrolytes - a common ingredient in sports drinks that enhances hydration - to various types of beer, in an effort to improve hydration.

Associate professor Ben Desbrow, who's leading the study, is a sports nutrition expert, and he says the team has crafted some brews that taste the same as regular beer, but do a much better job of hydrating people who drink them.

The team tested various enhanced beers on volunteers who were dehydrated after heavy exercise (they don't recommend grabbing a beer after your workout routine, by the way).

One of their beers was one third more effective at hydrating the volunteers than the non-modified version. It's only for light beer fans, though.

"Of the four different beers the subjects consumed, our augmented light beer was by far the most well retained by the body, meaning it was the most effective at re-hydrating the subjects," Desbrow said.

As for why they're working on a hangover-free beer, Desbrow says it's partly about human nature, and reducing some of the risks that can come with drinking. In the past, he's researched how hangovers alter reaction times, and he says a beer that prevents hangovers could reduce those effects.

"If you're going to live in the real world, you can either spend your time telling people what they shouldn't do, or you can work on ways of reducing the danger of some of these socialised activities," Desbrow told the Australian Associated Press.

Via The Atlantic Cities


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