Hangover 'cure' just in time for Christmas
CHRISTMAS revellers are being offered a US hangover "cure" claiming to be second only to an "intravenous drip".
The Bytox Hangover Prevention Patch, invented by plastic surgeon Dr Leonard Grossman, is available in Ireland after going on sale on a UK website.
But drink awareness groups warned that any so-called hangover cure did not negate the effects of alcohol.
According to the packaging of the patch, it replenishes the vitamins and acids lost when consuming alcohol. However, it has not received any official medical backing.
It received glowing reviews from consumers who posted on websites. One wrote: "I tried it twice. Both times after nine or 10 Martinis. I can only account for myself. It works great."
Users are instructed to attach the patch -- which is similar in appearance and design to a nicotine patch -- 45 minutes before drinking and leave it on until the next day or about eight hours after they finish drinking.
Dr Grossman claims the ingredients -- B vitamins, acai berry, vitamins A, D, E and K and folic acid -- are delivered continuously to the bloodstream as opposed to those from a pill which are excreted relatively quickly.
Firebox.com, which is selling the patch in the UK, says: "The rationale for this 'game changing' body patch is to stop hangovers before they start.
The patches cost €16.19 for a pack of five.