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Sprite found to be the best drink to cure those hangovers

In a hayp? Get some fizzy goodness down you.

RESEARCH SAYS IT’S true so it must be.

Stock up on the Sprite, because scientists have found it to be the answer to all of your hangover woes. Forget greasy food or hair of the dog, fizzy lemon and lime is your man, according to Chinese researchers in the Sun Yat-Sat University.

In an effort to achieve the ultimate feat of scientific breakthroughs, the team analysed 57 drinks to figure out which sped up the metabolising of alcohol the fastest–Sprite came up trumps.

The soft drink was found to speed up the metabolism of enzyme aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) into acetate from acetaldehyde, the thing our liver breaks ethanol into, and the cause of those nasty hangover symptoms.

The study, published by Royal Society of Chemistry Journal Food & Function found that the Sprite speeds up the process, keeping the duration of acetaldehyde effects to a minimum.

Other drinks tested include a herbal infusion known as Huo ma ren, which increased the metabolism of ethanol but inhibited ALDH, reducing acetaldehyde metabolism.

Oh God, it’s all very scientific.

A leading medicinal scientist from the University of Exeter, Edzard Ernst, says that:

These results are a reminder that herbal and other supplements can have pharmacological activities that can both harm and benefit our health.

No word on whether 7up has the same effects or not.

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