lemonade_166x138_BC78XB“Best cure for a hangover? Sprite,” claims The Daily Telegraph and the Mail Online. But the popular fizzy lemon and lime drink may not be the morning-after quick-fix for boozers that the media suggests it is.

The headlines are based on a Chinese laboratory study that measured the effect of different drinks on the speed liver enzymes metabolise alcohol. Out of 57 drinks tested, researchers found that only two drinks increased the speed of two liver enzymes that reduce the amount of the toxic chemical acetaldehyde. This chemical is produced when our bodies break down alcohol.

The first drink was called “hui yi su da shui” (probably a type of soda water) and the second was called “xue bi” (probably Sprite, although the study did not report that either of these drinks were the popular drink known as Sprite).

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