Got a Hangover? Study Shows Coffee and Aspirin Are Best Fix
CREDIT: Warner Bros. Pictures
From cold showers to chugging Gatorade, everyone has their own idea of the perfect hangover cure. Now, researchers have scientifically proven what works best for shaking off last night's alcohol antics: A regular cup o' joe and a couple aspirins.
Scientists at from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia gave lab rats a shot of medical proof alcohol equal to consuming one beer and, using sensory equipment around the animals' heads, found that acetate – the final product of the body's metabolism of alcohol – caused the rats to develop headaches. Researchers then determined that a mix of caffeine and over-the-counter inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, were best at countering the head-pounding effects of acetate.
For those hoping that this caffeine/hangover cure connection will allow them to drink Four Loko and avoid a headache the next morning, think again.
“If you drink a small amount of alcohol, three or four hours later, drink some coffee,” researcher Michael L. Oshinsky told msnbc.com. “Or take caffeine in some form, like an Excedrin that has caffeine in it. If you take the caffeine at the same time as you drink, it will be gone when the acetate levels are high.”
Got a question? Send us an email and we'll look for an expert who can crack it.
Follow Remy Melina on Twitter @RemyMelina
Life's Little Mysteries: Gift Edition Hardcover Book
Uncover the truth behind more than 100 mysteries that surround us every day with our new hardcover book! Perfect for gifts and classrooms, and suitable for all ages. Some of the included mysteries are:
- Why Do Cats Land on Their Feet?
- How Long Does it Take to Make Petrified Wood?
- What Everyday Things Around Us Are Radioactive?
Find out all of this and much, much more in our NEW hardcover book.
It makes a great gift idea for all ages. more info>>