`Dissolved oxygen in alcohol can help cut hangover`

Updated: Mar 03, 2010, 00:00 AM IST

Washington: Scientists have discovered that
increasing dissolved oxygen concentrations in alcohol may help
reduce hangovers as well as alcohol-related side effects and

The research at the Chungnam National University, South
Korea, found that dissolved oxygen concentrations in alcoholic
drinks can accelerate the metabolism and elimination of

The more the concentration of dissolved oxygen, the
faster is the ethanol, or alcohol, oxidation, which reduces
its influence on the person, it found.

"Ethanol is oxidized to acetaldehyde, then further
oxidized to water and carbon dioxide in the body after
consumption," said Kwang-il Kwon, the lead author of the

Acetaldehyde is an organic chemical compound produced
by oxidation of ethanol and is popularly believed to be the
cause of hangovers, the ScienceDaily reported.

"Several studies have indicated that high-oxygen water
can enhance the survival ability of mice, fatigue recovery,
and anoxia endurance function," said Hye Gwang Jeong, the
co-author of the study.

"This study is the first to investigate the influence of
dissolved oxygen concentrations on the pharmacokinetics of
alcohol in healthy human subjects," he added.