Everyone has their own personal remedies for bad hangovers, whether it's drinking loads of water, downing a bacon, egg, and cheese bagel, or popping an Advil or two. Researchers in Finland might be on to something, though, and they conducted a study that may have clues about how to cure hangovers for real.
The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Helsinki and the University of Eastern Finland and was published in the academic journal Alcohol and Alcoholism. To test, 19 healthy male participants had to drink alcohol over a three-hour period and experienced a hangover or headache. From there, they were randomly given either a placebo pill or an L-cysteine tablet.
L-cysteine is an amino acid that occurs naturally in the body and can be found in protein-rich foods. In the study, it found that the individuals who took the L-cysteine had less hangover symptoms like nausea, headaches, stress, or anxiety. Stress and anxiety were relieved with a dose of 600 mg of L-cysteine and nausea and headache were alleviated with a 1200 mg dose. Researchers also concluded that these tablets reduced the need for individuals to drink the next day, which they noted is important information in preventing alcohol addiction.
All of this means there is some valuable research being done that will hopefully one day help us find a surefire hangover cure that works every time and for everybody. Until then, you may have to stick with your Liquid IV pouches and breakfast sandwiches. Good things come to those who wait.
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