The Swiss have found a way to drink alcohol without having a hangover

The Swiss have found a way to drink alcohol without having a hangover
The Swiss have found a way to drink alcohol without having a hangover

How to party and drink alcohol without suffering a terrible hangover the next morning: the answer to this question is at the heart of much research. Chinese researchers are banking on genetically modified probiotics that would attenuate the effects of alcohol. Swedish researchers have developed a food supplement based on bacteria that break down alcohol in the body. In a new study, Swiss researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich claim to have developed a gel capable of breaking down alcohol in the digestive tract before it passes into the blood.

A 60% reduction in blood alcohol content

When consumed, alcohol passes into the stomach and intestine, where it is absorbed into the bloodstream and then transported to the liver. This is where most of the alcohol is broken down, including into acetaldehyde, a substance that destroys the liver. The first tests of the gel, which have so far been carried out only on mice, show that the absorption of this gel reduces blood alcohol levels by almost 60% in the five hours following alcohol consumption and that in addition, it stops the production of acetaldehyde by the liver. “The gel transforms alcohol into acetic acid without producing acetaldehyde,” explains Raffaelle Mezzenga, lead author of the study. If it is ingested before or during alcohol consumption, it transforms (…)

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