Scientists have developed a new machine which offers hope to those suffering raging hangovers – as it can alleviate the symptoms of a heavy night’s drinking in record time.
The device is believed to reduce the length of time drinkers suffer a hangover three times faster than they would by naturally fighting off the symptoms.
The key to the new device is allowing sufferers to inhale carbon dioxide through a face mask – while the ‘patient’ hyperventilates.
Dr Joseph Fisher, of the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, has led a study and produced the findings of his research.
He said: “It’s a very basic, low-tech device that could be made anywhere. It’s almost inexplicable why we didn’t try this decades ago.
“Most people have had that feeling of drinking too much and wishing they had not had the last few drinks and were more sober.
“Obviously we would not recommend drinking too much, but as a rule of thumb this machine halves the amount of alcohol in someone’s system within 45 minutes, instead of the two to three hours it usually takes on average.”
Dr Fisher’s research was published in the journal Scientific Reports.
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The research is based on the suggestion that alcohol have be exhaled through the body – with the idea of inducing hyperventilation and using carbon dioxide through a mask.
Hyperventilation causes the body to breathe in and out faster than normal – with the hope that alcohol would be breathed out more rapidly as a consequence.
Hyperventilation can lead to incidents of fainting, however, as carbon dioxide is expelled form the body in the process.
The machine designed by scientists would supply carbon dioxide in order to prevent patients passing out.
A group of five test patients were given a large glass of vodka to drink – with the alcohol found to be expelled three times faster when using the carbon dioxide mask than those who did not.
However, those who might sound tempted to use the machine may find the cost of it sobering in itself – as the machine has a price tag of £15,200.
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