The study, which was published in the September issue of Food and Function, focused on how to cure a hangover. The alcohol isn’t the problem in a hangover. It’s how the alcohol is broken down that’s the problem. When the liver breaks down alcohol is produces several other chemicals. One of these chemicals is acetaldehyde, which is what causes the hangover feeling. Acetaldehyde will eventually turn into acetate, which doesn’t cause hangovers. The researchers found that Sprite and other soda waters can speed up the process of turning acetaldehyde into acetate. The researcher tested other beverages to see it they affected the process and found that herbal teas caused the process to take longer, reports CBS News.
Researchers are warning people that more studies need to be done before Sprite is declared as a cure for a hangover. The research group that conducted the study is planning to start testing on living organisms next.