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Australian scientists create hydrating beer to decrease hangovers


Adding one simple ingredient to a nice cold beer just may make it more appealing and better for your health.

By adding electrolytes, an ingredient commonly found in sports drinks, and reducing the alcohol content researchers found that beer could become even more refreshing without changing the taste of the brews.

Associate Professor Ben Desbrow and his team at Griffith University’s health institute used two commercially available beers, one regular and one light. They played around with changing the electrolyte levels to see how the beers could rehydrate people after exercise.

They found that the light beer, which had been combined with electrolytes, provided the best level of hydration. “Of the four different beers the subjects consumed, our augmented light beer was by far the best retained by the body, meaning it was the most effective at re-hydrating the subjects,” he said.

Professor Desbrow feels it is more effective to tell people how to minimize dehydration than telling them not to drink.

In recent years, hangovers have been linked to dehydration. With this new found hydrating beer, it could eliminate that dreaded hangover that follows a night of drinking.

Would you try this new form of beer?