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Scientists Discover Booze That Won't Give You a Hangover 334

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Kwang-il Kwon and Hye Gwang Jeong of Chungnam National University have discovered that drinking alcohol with oxygen bubbles added leads to fewer hangovers and a shorter sobering up time. People drinking the bubbly booze sobered up 20-30 minutes faster and had less severe and fewer hangovers than people who drank the non-fizzy stuff. Kwon said: "The oxygen-enriched alcohol beverage reduces plasma alcohol concentrations faster than a normal dissolved-oxygen alcohol beverage does. This could provide both clinical and real-life significance. The oxygen-enriched alcohol beverage would allow individuals to become sober faster, and reduce the side effects of acetaldehyde without a significant difference in alcohol's effects. Furthermore, the reduced time to a lower BAC may reduce alcohol-related accidents."

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Scientists Discover Booze That Won't Give You a Hangover

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  • Beer (Score:5, Insightful)

    by sopssa (1498795) * <sopssa@email.com> on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @02:58PM (#31333464) Journal

    Reducing hangover is all fine and good, but if it sobers you up faster couldn't you just get a beer with less alcohol? The effect is basically the same.

    For that matter, the high and fast drunkenness is probably even worse. You know it goes away fast, so you drink faster and more. This would probably be good for taking a one quick beer at lunch or so, but hangover isn't an issue then.

    If I'm going out or take some beers otherwise, I rather have it last longer and be more balanced over the night. That's also why I prefer those Belgian 11% beers. In addition to having more taste in them, one glass lasts a lot longer and you don't need to be pissing all the time.

    Now give me a 80% vodka with no hangovers and I'm ready to roll.

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Trouble with adding oxygen to beers is it spoils the beer! You would have to dissolve it in the beer immediately before serving and assure that all of it was consumed in a timely manner. This is also ignoring the fact that carbonation actually does contribute some flavor to beer.

      Cheers.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by ircmaxell (1117387)

      Reducing hangover is all fine and good, but if it sobers you up faster couldn't you just get a beer with less alcohol? The effect is basically the same.

      Unless it has a retroactive effect... What I mean is that you can drink regular beer all night, and then the last beer or two are these oxy-enriched beers. That way the added oxygen helps speed up recovery, but doesn't have a detrimental effect during drinking (At least as far as the buzz factor goes)...

      Now, that I think about it, I wonder if these effe

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        Now, that I think about it, I wonder if these effects are limited to oxygen enriched beer, or if it's just the oxygen itself. If it's just O2, you could have a portable O2 enricher that lets you breath pure O2 for a little while... Or O2 enriched water (oh yay, another way for them to charge more for H20)...

        Seems to me I have read before that fighter pilots have been using a shot of O2 to clear up a hangover for a long time. At least since the 80's.

    • by b4upoo (166390)

      A 190 proof white lightening session will mess you up so bad that you'll never even know that you had a hangover.

    • Agreed, I actually do better with stronger beers because I know it's more powerful. I won't be driving. I'm just looking to avoid puking and hang overs and something stronger will do it for me.
      • by cayenne8 (626475)
        "Agreed, I actually do better with stronger beers because I know it's more powerful. I won't be driving. "

        How do you get your car back home then....?

    • by sjames (1099)

      Reducing hangover is all fine and good, but if it sobers you up faster couldn't you just get a beer with less alcohol?

      Not really. The idea is that if you would normally get buzzed with a given number of drinks and take 2 hours to sober up, this lets you get just as buzzed on just as many drinks but (for example) take only one hour to sober up. Half the alcohol will only get you half buzzed. Drink enough half beer to get buzzed and you're back to the 2 hour sober up.

    • Instead of

      "Scientists Discover Booze That Won't Give You a Hangover"

      I thought it said:

      "Scientists Discover That Booze Won't Give You a Hangover"

      I thought: gee, what great news! There's no such thing as a hangover! I guess those people with after-party headaches had just happened to come down with some sinusitis!

    • by morgauxo (974071)
      - but if it sobers you up faster couldn't you just get a beer with less alcohol? Then you wouldn't get as drunk in the first place. I believe the idea is to get as drunk but just not stay that way as long. That way you can enjoy it till the party is over but be sober again sooner.
  • Tag as synthohol? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Can someone tag this as synthohol from star trek.

  • by Pojut (1027544) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @03:01PM (#31333528) Homepage

    I have followed this rule religiously once I started drinking socially. As a result, I have never gotten a hangover. Here it is:

    For every three beers or three shots you drink, drink a glass of water. Also, try to make sure you drink a glass of water before falling asleep.

    You will be hangover free...guaranteed. Simple, safe, and effective.

    • Bathroom break (Score:2, Insightful)

      by MrEricSir (398214)

      That only works because you end up spending half the evening in the bathroom, and therefore consume less alcohol than your buddies.

      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by Pojut (1027544)

        With our Civilization 4 drinking game (drink every time you hear Leonard Nimoy's voice from ANYONE's Civ 4 game in the LAN), there is no such thing as consuming less, lol :-)

      • Why is that a bad thing?

        Drink enough to enjoy yourself not enough to regret it in the morning.

        • by rubycodez (864176)

          what, you don't enjoy getting puking drunk and a day-long hangover to follow? geez, what's the point then?

        • Hey buddy, stick to your sodas and milk if you can't hack waking up in a puddle of your own puke and feces. Leave alcohol to the real men.
        • by cayenne8 (626475)
          "Drink enough to enjoy yourself not enough to regret it in the morning."

          Trouble is...drinking is just like potato chips, you can't eat just one.

          :)

          That's the problem, when you drink, you feel good and just want to drink more to feel better. That and everything starts to go down much easier after the first one or two. Ever notice how that first shot of tequila is a bit rough (unless you are drinking some SERIOUSLY good stuff), yet the next ones get easier and smoother?

    • you forgot make sure to go to bed with an adult diaper on
    • There are a small percentage of people able to process alcohol in such a way that they _never_ get hangovers, at least according to my doctor. Since you've never had one, it's possible that you're one of them and would never get a hangover no matter what you did or didn't do.

      Staying hydrated helps, but there is no guaranteed method that will work for everyone.

      • by kimvette (919543)

        Staying hydrated helps, but there is no guaranteed method that will work for everyone.

        Not drinking excessively* works for everyone.

        *excessively meaning beyond a person's tolerance threshold. In some people's cases this may mean 0 drinks.

    • Even better is to finish off with Gatorade or an equivalent sports drink. Most of the effects of a hangover can be replicated by severe dehydration. Cotton mouth, hiccups, headache, they're all from the dehydration. Only the liver toxicity is specific to the after effects of alcohol.

  • by Maniacal (12626) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @03:01PM (#31333530)

    No hangover - Good
    Faster sober - Bad

    You're not done mister, get back to the lab.

    • (Tom Paxton)

      [Chorus:]
      Bottle of wine, fruit of the vine, when you gonna let me get sober. Let me alone. Let me go home. Let me back and start over.

      Well, I've rambled around this dirty old town singing for nickels and dimes.
      Times getting' rough. I can't get enough to buy me a little bottle of wine.

      [Chorus]

      Well, little hotel, older than hell, cold as the dark in the mine.
      Light so dim, I had to grin, I got me a little bottle of wine.

      [Chorus]

      Well, the preacher will preach and the teacher will teach. The miner wi

  • Tag is misspelled. (Score:3, Informative)

    by dgatwood (11270) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @03:01PM (#31333532) Journal

    It's synthehol [memory-alpha.org], not synthahol.

  • Profit for Bars! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Some guy named Chris (9720) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @03:02PM (#31333542) Journal
    This should also increase profits for bars, since people will have to drink more while they're there to stay good and plastered.
  • Plus it makes red wine taste great!
    • Only to a point. A few months back I had this really nice red wine that was great after about an hour breathing, but then started getting worse from that point. Still good, just not as good. Aerating is tough and it's hard to find the sweet spot, since it can be different from varietal to varietal, vintage to vintage and even bottle to bottle. But yeah, generally speaking, adding some air to a freshly opened bottle is a good thing, but leaving it in a decanter for a week is not.

  • time to soberness (Score:4, Insightful)

    by godrik (1287354) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @03:06PM (#31333600)

    When you are drunk, you are for hours. I don't think removing 20/30 minutes is that relevant.

    • The rule of thumb is 1 bottle of beer per hour. So if the effect of the addition to alcohol is linear (with respect to number of beers drank), then you'd recover from each beer after 30 to 40 minutes. So if you drank 6 beers, instead of taking 6 hours to get back to BAC of 0.000, it'd only take between 3 and 4 hours... I guess it would also depend on the rate you drank at how much of an effect this has. Drinking 6 beers in 1 hour is a whole lot different than drinking 6 in 6 hours...
  • Side effects... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Antony T Curtis (89990) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @03:06PM (#31333610) Homepage Journal

    I am not sure of the benefits of a alcoholic drink which "sobers up faster" other than "sells more booze, kaching!".

    Since it has dissolved oxygen, would it whiten teeth too?

    What would be revolutionary would be a drink which kept the imbibers drunk for a lengthy but known amount of time but after that time, the imbiber would sober up quickly without hangover...

  • mix it with some RED bull! party! aiiiieee! (cue allegro mariachi music)

  • Do NOT Want (Score:5, Funny)

    by Conchobair (1648793) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @03:09PM (#31333650)
    If I want to be sober, I just won't drink. However, when I do drink, (I won't drive) I want to be drunk and stay drunk. I want to be drunk all night and when I wake upside down in a sleeping bag trying to get it open with my toes, I want to wonder how I got there and not be able to remember. This just takes all the fun out of drinking.
  • Bah... (Score:4, Funny)

    by mdm-adph (1030332) <mdmadph@gmail . c om> on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @03:12PM (#31333698) Homepage

    You can get the same thing with an alcohol enema.

    And we've all been there, right?!?

    Right...?

  • Is the drink mentioned in the article available for purchase or is there equipment that you can use to oxygenate your own liquor?

  • Hydration (Score:3, Informative)

    by Itninja (937614) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @03:13PM (#31333720) Homepage
    Booze never "gives" you a hangover. A hangover comes from the lack of water in your system; dehydration. Just make every second of third drink a glass of water, *poof* no hangovers.
  • by fear025 (763732) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @03:18PM (#31333790)
    As a homebrewer, I know that oxidation of beer can give it "cardboardy" flavors, so this technology is probably useless for beer.

    I'm not sure how long oxidation needs to occur before the off flavors manifest though, so perhaps you could force-oxygenate at pour time.

    Sounds like some experiments need to be done...
  • It's not just for 75 proof anymore.

  • Light a match in pre-oxygenated alcohol, should be fun times for the smoke-when-you-drink crowd!
  • pure water.
  • What does the article talk about hangover-free drinking, then show a picture of soju? Soju is not alcohol; it is punishment in a bottle.

    What will all this free oxygen do to people who consume the alcohol? Could it have some sort of side effect on the stomach/intestinal track? bleach your teeth?

  • Does adding oxygen somehow affect the blood-thinning properties of alcohol?

    For that matter, how DOES alcohol act as a blood thinner, and for how long?

    Those on Warfarin (aka Coumadin) want to know...

  • by PrescriptionWarning (932687) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @03:33PM (#31334102)
    cold and devoid of oxygen
  • by Ihlosi (895663) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @03:36PM (#31334176)
    ... that putting oxygen in alcohol is a good idea? It sounds like a recipe for rocket fuel to me.
  • if you have a hangover, just dive to 20 meters for 20 minutes.

    Then ascend according to your dive computer / decompression table.

    Hangover - over

  • Recently I became a licensed Scuba diver. One thing you learn in scuba diving classes is that you are more likely to get nitrogen poisoning if you are dehydrated, or had been drinking substantially the night before. Typically the way you do a first response treatment of nitrogen poisoning is by supplying pure oxygen.

    I'm sure there's a Q.E.D. in there but I'm pretty sure I'm missing some steps.

  • by AxemRed (755470)
    I bet oxygen-enriched vodka would burn like hell.

    Literally. :)
  • by advocate_one (662832) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @04:14PM (#31334718)
    many a time I've had a hit of the oxygen the morning after while doing the pre-flight servicing on Phantoms... just plug the PEC in and take a good hit while doing the check of the audio and oxygen systems... anyone questions you, just state you thought you smelt something odd in the breathing air mix and was taking a long sniff to check...

    ps, I was doing this over thirty years ago... and it was well known as a hangover cure back then...

  • Oxygen Tank (Score:3, Informative)

    by BlueBoxSW.com (745855) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @04:25PM (#31334896) Homepage

    It's more effective if you just take a hit from an Oxygen tank.

    Why try to jam the O2 into your drink?

  • by Anonymous Coward
    And I'll be set!
  • Being highly reactive, O2 + C2H6O = C02 + H2O. I doubt if that happens in the body, but the liver "gets rid" of ethanol by oxygenating it into acetic acid, a metabolite. A little more O2 might help the liver, but that comes from the respiratory system, not the tummy. Maybe O2 + C2H6 + H3O+ + Cl- = something (perhaps dichloroethane). Anyone know?
  • If I wanted to get sober faster, I would drink less, and quit sooner, during any given drinking session.
  • It’s a simple solution, that some of my friends also do: The evening before going out, we eat a piece of good quality red meat. A filet steak preferably. That’s it. No hangover. No headache. Nothing.
    We’re doing this for years.

  • by Fujisawa Sensei (207127) on Tuesday March 02, 2010 @05:35PM (#31336076) Journal

    Who cares what the researchers say.

    I'm going to have to do my own research. In cases like this, first hand knowledge is the only way to go.

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