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Scientists Say A 13p Pill Can Cure Hangover Symptoms

Scientists Say A 13p Pill Can Cure Hangover Symptoms

Having one too many vinos always seems like a good idea at the time, but nursing a hangover the next day almost always fills us with regret.

If only there were a cure to alleviate the headache, nausea and anxiety (apart from all the carbs and a hefty Netflix sesh, that is).

Well now, scientists actually think they have the answer - and it comes in the form of a 13p pill. Sounds good so far...

Could this 13p pill cure a hangover? (Credit: Pexels)
Could this 13p pill cure a hangover? (Credit: Pexels)
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A group of researchers from the University of Helsinki have revealed that L-cysteine (which is an amino acid) could be the answer to helping alleviate the symptoms of a hangover.

They explained: "Many of [the] harmful effects are produced by alcohol and its metabolite, acetaldehyde, which also is a common ingredient in alcohol beverages.

"The aim of the present study is to investigate the effect of the amino acid L-cysteine on the alcohol/acetaldehyde related aftereffects."

The study found the amino acid helped reduce the symptoms of a hangover (Credit: Pexels)
The study found the amino acid helped reduce the symptoms of a hangover (Credit: Pexels)
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In the study, published in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, some of the participants were given the amino acid while others took a placebo.

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The results found those who took L-cysteine had fewer hangover symptoms than those who were given the placebo tablet.

The study of 19 men - led by Peter Eriksson - explained: "The primary results based on correlational analysis showed that L-cysteine prevents or alleviates hangover, nausea, headache, stress and anxiety.

"For hangover, nausea and headache the results were apparent with the L-cysteine dose of 1200 mg and for stress and anxiety already with the dose of 600 mg.

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Cocktails always seem like a good idea at the time (Credit: Unsplash)
Cocktails always seem like a good idea at the time (Credit: Unsplash)

"L-cysteine would reduce the need of drinking the next day with no or less hangover symptoms: nausea, headache, stress and anxiety.

"Altogether, these effects of L-cysteine are unique and seem to have a future in preventing or alleviating these harmful symptoms as well as reducing the risk of alcohol addiction."

Could a hangover-free morning after be the future?! Hopefully this means we're one step closer!

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Topics: Life News, Alcohol

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Lucy Devine

Lucy is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, she has worked in both print and online and is particularly interested in fashion, food, health and women's issues. Northerner, coffee addict, says hun a lot. Get in touch at [email protected]