Lemon-lime Soda Hangovers: Scientists Find a Good Hangover Cure

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
October 10, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Lemon-lime soda is a good cure for hangovers, according to a new study.

A group of researchers in China has concluded that while some beverages shouldn’t be consumed after drinking a lot of alcohol, lemon-lime soda should be consumed.

Out of 57 beverages tested, Sprite and soda water (Xue bi and Hui yi su da shui in Chinese) were shown to speed up the process in which alcohol is processed through the liver, reported CBS.

Edzard Ernst, a medicinal science expert from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, told Chemistry World that the study was interesting.

‘These results are a reminder that herbal and other supplements can have pharmacological activities that can both harm and benefit our health.’

However, Ernst said independent replications are necessary.

Various alcoholic beverages containing different concentrations of ethanol are widely consumed, and excessive alcohol consumption may result in serious health problem. The consumption of alcohol beverages is often accompanied by non-alcohol beverages, such as herbal infusion, tea and carbonated beverage to relieve drunk symptoms.

According to the researchers, the aim of this study was “to supply new information on the effects of [non-alcoholic] beverages on alcohol metabolism for nutritionists and the general public to reduce harm of excessive alcohol consumption.”


Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.