Scientists in Korea have found a way to make alcohol which causes less severe hangovers.
Research showed that increasing the oxygen content of alcohol enabled people to process it more rapidly and avoid falling victim to some of its negative side effects.
Drinkers were also able to sober up more quickly as a result of the increased oxygen, which is used to process alcohol in the body and turn it into water and carbon dioxide.
By increasing dissolved oxygen concentrations in boozy drinks, scientists were able to “help” to body with this crucial task.
During the tests at Chungnam National University in Korea, researchers asked volunteers to drink beverages enriched with different amounts of oxygen.
Participants’ blood-alcohol levels were then tested and it was revealed that alcoholic drinks with a higher oxygen content were processed significantly faster.
Author of the study Professor Kwang-il 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 without a significant difference in alcohol’s effects.
“Furthermore, the reduced time to a lower blood alcohol concentration may reduce alcohol-related accidents.”
The results of the study are due to be published in the May 2010 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.