‘Tis the season to go out and party – but, while all that fun and Prosecco is, obviously, delightful, it usually leads to an aching head and a dodgy tummy the morning after.
We all have our own personal methods for dealing with a hangover; some of us turn to the greasy goodness of a fry-up, others prefer to stick to water (with a slice of lemon, naturally), and many praise the benefits of laying down on the sofa with a Netflix box-set.
But now there’s a way to beat that hangover before you even get it… and, no, it’s got nothing to do with witchcraft.
A team of scientists at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CISRO) have selflessly dedicated themselves to researching the perfect hangover cure – and they think the answer lies in pear juice.
It can’t just be any old pear juice, though. According to The Independent, you need to pour yourself a glass of Korean pear juice - and you need to drink it at least one hour before you have your first alcoholic beverage.
A statement from Professor Manny Noakes, who led the study, reads: “It appears that the factors in Korean pears act on the key enzymes involved in alcohol metabolism, alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) to speed up alcohol metabolism and elimination or inhibition of alcohol absorption.
“In particular, reductions were seen in blood acetaldehyde levels, the toxic metabolic thought to be responsible for the hangover symptoms, with pear juice consumption.”
The juice also has anti-inflammatory effects, which could help to prevent the symptoms of a hangover, as well as combat colds and flu.
In short, it’s definitely worth adding a few Korean pears (also known as Asian pears) to your shopping basket this month; you can bag yourself four for just £1.50 at Tesco – and, let’s face it, £1.50 is a very small price to pay for a clear head the morning after your office’s Christmas party.
Just remember that they’re not miracle workers – and downing a glass of Asian pear juice isn’t an excuse to drink more alcohol than you normally would on a night out. Know your limits, be responsible, and have fun!