The quest for a hangover cure – could this tablet be the breakthrough for drinkers?
Finnish scientists have discovered what they claim to be a hangover cure.
The researchers have published a study which shows that alcohol-induced nausea, headache, stress and anxiety were alleviated by patients taking an amino acid tablet called L-cysteine.
A hangover cure is highly sought after with drinkers swearing by a host of ancient remedies and urban legends including drinking more alcohol, drinking coffee, and sweating.
Few have been effective for all symptoms of excess alcohol, but academics at the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Helsinki have published details of a recent study in the journal Alcohol. and Alcoholism which claims to have innovated.
They advertised 19 men ready to drink 1.5g / kg of alcohol for a period of three hours, then take either a placebo or an L-cysteine tablet.
The document claimed that “L-cysteine prevents or alleviates hangovers, nausea, headaches, stress and anxiety. For hangovers, nausea and headaches, results were apparent with the 1200 mg dose of L-cysteine and for stress and anxiety already with the 600 mg dose. “
He concluded, “L-cysteine would reduce the need to drink the next day with no or fewer hangover symptoms: nausea, headache, stress and anxiety. Overall, these effects of L-cysteine are unique and appear to have a future in preventing or relieving these harmful symptoms as well as reducing the risk of alcohol dependence. “
However, the survey size of just 19 is statistically small and the survey was funded by Catapult Cat Oy, which sells L-cysteine supplements, according to the Bloomberg press service, which also claimed that some of the men had been excluded because they were unable to do so. consume the alcohol within the allotted time.
Average alcohol consumption among Finns has been high in the past, the country ranking 16e around the world, according to data from the World Health Organization in 2010. Experts cite a lack of daylight and a large black market dating back to when alcohol was banned.