Everyone knows that a spicy bloody mary and a nice greasy breakfast are the best cure for a hangover, right?
Well, apparently not.
According to China, or at least a team of Chinese scientists, the chemical compound used to make Sprite is effective in dealing with hangovers because, and excuse my layman's terms here (which may or may not be correct), the bubbly stuff in Sprite helps to break down the enzymes in alcohol.
Makes sense to me, I guess.
TIME magazine tries to break it down here:
The carbonated lemon-lime drink showed a markedly positive effect on alcohol-related symptoms in a recent study conducted by a team of Chinese scientists. Apparently, Sprite has the ability to breakdown acetaldehyde, a metabolite of ethanol. By contrast, many other drinks tested — among them herbal teas — were found to have the opposite effect and actually increased those symptoms we all know too well (and forget about every Friday night).