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The beer hangover cure

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Aussie researchers have discovered a way to help prevent hangovers from drinking too much beer, The Australian reports.

Think of it as the sports-drink cure — a mashup of Gatorade with boozy Bud. It’s not as terrible as it sounds.

Griffith University’s Health Institute nutritionists increased electrolyte levels in two beers — one regular and one light — and gave them to people who had just gotten all sweaty from exercise.

When you’re dehydrated, you’re more likely to get drunk, and a hangover. In the heat of Australia it’s easy to get dehydrated, especially if you do a job that requires heavy-lifting.  And, after all, Australians are not unknown to kick back with a cold one at the end of a long, hard day.

The study showed the new and improved light beer was a third more effective at hydrating a drinker than normal beer. The new beer did lose a bit of its alcohol content (4.8% down to 2.3%), but reportedly the ale was just as tasty.

h/t Time

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