Scientists invent hydrating, hangover-free beer

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[nydailynews.com]Sunglasses and Advil might not be the only cure for a hangover these days.

Australian scientists have brewed up a hangover-free beer, allowing drinkers to keep sipping while avoiding dehydration that leads to next-day hangover symptoms.

Nutrition researchers at Griffith University’s Health Institute added electrolytes to two commercial beers — one regular strength and light beer — before giving it to participants who had just exercised. While researchers don’t suggest drinking beer after working out, the study showed that the light beer was three times more hydrating than normal beer, ABC News reports.

“We know that beer is a very popular drink with people, particularly after … sport or exertion,” Associate Professor Ben Desbrow told ABC.

“From our perspective it’s about exploring harm minimization approaches that may still allow people to potentially drink beer as a beverage, but lower the risks associated with the alcohol consumption — and hopefully improve rehydration potential.” Drinking beer after exercising can actually increase hydration due to carbonation and carbohydrate content that helps replenish lost calories.

What’s the catch? It works only with beers that have lower alcohol content, although scientists claim that no one could taste the difference in the beers.

“Alcohol in a dehydrated body can have all sorts of repercussions, including decreased awareness of risk,” Desbrow said.

“So, 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 socialized activities.”

Though the hangover-free beer seems to operate much like Gatorade, it still has the potential to make Sunday mornings less of a struggle.

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