The Greatest Lie Ever Told?
Today, London’s Daily Mail (I’m assuming that’s like their New York Times or something?) ran an article that’s got to be the fakest thing I’ve ever read in that it’s not so much an “article” as it is a “blatant advertisement for a Coca-Cola product.”
This article, titled: “The Best Cure For A Hangover? SPRITE!” Suggests that Chinese scientists examined 57 beverages ranging from herbal teas to all kinds of different sodas- before concluding that Sprite’s lemon and lime combo is the hands down best drink to help quell one’s hangover.
Here’s the fake, pseudo-science behind this “discovery.” A team of researchers at the Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou concluded that Sprite helps to break down acetaldehyde, a metabolite of ethanol, which causes the awful headaches, nausea, and general feelings of “PLEASE KILL ME OR MAKE THIS STOP” one often has to deal with after a night of heavy boozing.
Also, according to these scientists on the take from Coca-Cola, many of the other drinks tested- including several varieties of herbal teas, actually made the hangover symptoms worse, because of course they did.
Look, call me jaded (and I am!) but c’mon now; this is nothing more than one big ad for Sprite. I’m not mad at the geniuses at Coca-Cola for doing some guerilla marketing in an effort to help shill their product, but let’s not say that this is all in the name of “science.” That’s just gross, because people are dumb enough to eat (or in this case, drink) it right up.
Not to mention, when it comes right down to it, NOTHING works to “cure” a hangover, there’s just things you can do to make it less unbearable, and that’s about it.
Here’s my top 5:
1) A greasy breakfast with eggs, sausage, bacon and cheese
2) Coconut Water
3) Pedialyte (it’s the #1 choice for alcoholic musicians!)
4) Bloody Mary’s (aka, just get drunk again)
5) 5 Advil, ALL the water
Feel free to leave ‘em below in the comment section.
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