1 Nov
2014

Beer Without the Regret?

Hangovers can be absolutely brutal the morning after the night before. It’s the experience of unpleasant side effects of drinking an excess of alcohol that can last for and ruin a full day. These horrible symptoms can include a headache, drowsiness, trouble concentrating, dry mouth, fatigue, upset stomach, sweating, nausea and anxiety. Alcohol dehydrates your body which is part of the reason you feel so terrible after the buzz wears off. What if you could still go out for a night of drinking and not have to deal with a hangover the next day?

Luckily for you, someone else thought this was an amazing concept too. A group of Australian researchers have spent quite a while coming up with what they feel is a “hangover-free” beer. How is this possible, you ask? They created a beer that avoids dehydration by adding electrolytes to the mix. The nutrition experts at Griffith University’s Health Institute came to this conclusion by ways of an experiment. They added electrolytes to two different beers – a regular and a light version.

Then they gave these to volunteers who had just completed a work out.

Generally scientists and nutritionist alike do not recommend alcohol as a post workout drink to rehydrate your body. Although, studies have shown that hydration can be achieved because of the carbonation and carbohydrate level that helps to replenish the calories burned.

The study performed by the nutritionists at Griffith University concluded that the electrolyte-infused light beer hydrated the body three times as well as normal beer. What are these magic electrolytes? Electrolytes are substances that work within the body to create the ions that your body needs to function properly. Here’s an example: your blood, plasma and interstitial fluid need salt to do their job. The two electrolytes found in Sodium Chloride (salt) are the sodium ion (Na+) and the chloride ion (Cl-). The major electrolytes your body needs are:

• Sodium (Na+)
• Potassium (K+)
• Chloride (Cl-)
• Calcium (Ca2+)
• Magnesium (Mg2+)
• Bicarbonate (HCO3-)
• Phosphate (PO42-)
• Sulfate (SO42-)

Those are the common electrolytes that replenish your cells and hydrate your body. Alcohol causes you to lose many of them.

Obviously, not drinking beer would be the best way to avoid a hangover the next day. The scientists are aware of that. ABC News reported that Ben Desbrow, one of the scientists on the team, said, “We know that beer is a very popular drink with people, particularly after sport or exertion. From our perspective, it’s about exploring harm minimization approaches that may still allow people to potentially drink beer as a beverage, but lower the risks associated with the alcohol consumption – and hopefully improve rehydration potential.”

This hangover-free beer seems to work like a sports drink, but it does seem to only work with beer that has a lower alcohol content. The participants of the study also claimed not to be able to taste the difference between the light beer and the regular beer, so we can hear the scoffs from all the beer snobs out there. Nevertheless, if you’re a fan of beer, this is definitely something to try.

So, what do you think?