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Are you in the Bank Holiday horrors? Scientists make breakthrough in battling hangovers

Published 03/08/2015 | 13:17

The new research suggests that drinking pear juice before a night on the tear could dramatically reduce the impact alcohol on your body the next day.
The new research suggests that drinking pear juice before a night on the tear could dramatically reduce the impact alcohol on your body the next day.

Australian scientists believe they have made a significant breakthrough when it comes to hangovers which might just save you the pain come next Bank Holiday Monday.

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The new research suggests that drinking pear juice before a night on the tear could dramatically reduce the impact alcohol on your body the next day.

The study found that the fruit was found to improve concentration and reduce memory and sensitivity to light.

CISRO, the Australian government’s scientific research organisation found that Asian pears, which were the study’s focus, were found to reduce the impact of a hangover the next morning.

They hope to expand the study to discover if western pears have the same effect. To gain any benefits, 220ml of pear juice must be consumed before alcohol consumption.

Lead research Manny Noakes revealed that the pears acted upon enzymes which work to break down alcohol in the body.

“The effect was only demonstrated if pears were consumed before alcohol consumption,” she said.

"There is no evidence that you can consume pears after drinking and avoid a hangover. And remember, the very best way to not get a hangover is to not drink in the first place.”

Noakes added: "Overall hangover severity, as measured by a 14 item hangover severity scale, was significantly reduced in the Korean (Asian) pear group compared with those having a placebo drink, with the most pronounced effect seen on the specific symptom of 'trouble concentrating’,” she said.

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