Potential Hangover Relief: Gel Shows Promise in Reducing Alcohol’s Impact

By: | May 18th, 2024

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Alcohol poses significant health risks, especially for those who frequently indulge in excessive consumption, as it is primarily absorbed through the mucous membranes of the stomach and intestines. Despite the seeming impossibility of consequence-free drinking, researchers at ETH Zurich are making strides toward this goal.

Step Closer to Hangover-Free Drinking

Researchers have developed a gel that shows promise in breaking down alcohol before it enters the bloodstream and causes hangovers, with the key ingredient being whey protein, a common component of milk. When ingested, this gel interacts with alcohol in the digestive system, converting it into harmless substances such as acetic acid.

This gel could be taken before or during drinking to prevent alcohol-related harm, targeting both symptoms and causes. However, it’s only effective when alcohol is in the digestive system and doesn’t help with alcohol poisoning.

So far, testing has only been conducted on mice. However, the results are positive, with the gel significantly reducing blood alcohol levels in the test subjects.

Potential Breakthrough for Safer Alcohol Consumption

If further research proves successful and the gel is safe for humans, it could be a significant breakthrough. However, Professor Mezzenga cautions that abstaining from alcohol altogether is the healthiest option. Nonetheless, the gel could be of particular interest to people who don’t want to give up alcohol completely but wish to avoid the strain on their bodies and the adverse effects associated with alcohol consumption.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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