Feeling the pain after a night out on the town? Reach for some Sprite, according to a new study.
A team of Chinese scientists say the carbonated lemon-lime drink showed a markedly positive effect on hangover symptoms compared to more common remedies like herbal tea, which actually made them worse.
According to the study, Sprite does the trick because of its ability to break down acetaldehyde, a metabolite of ethanol.
Scientists tested 57 different beverages, including various teas and carbonated drinks. Some were found to have the opposite effect and actually worsened alcohol-related symptoms like headache, nausea and fatigue.
Edzard Ernst, a medical expert at the University of Exeter in Britain, told Chemistry World that while the study was intriguing, people shouldn't start stocking up on Sprite before a night out.
"These results are a reminder that herbal and other supplements can have pharmacological activities that can both harm and benefit our health," he said.