Beer Battles the Hangover

beer battles

Last night I woke up from a dream where in Australia, they invented a beer that actually hydrates you and prevents hangovers! I know, I have pretty crazy dreams. It must have been all that chinese food I ate before bed that triggered that crazy scenario.

Oh wait.. that wasn’t a dream!

That’s right. Australian scientists in Queensland have developed a new beer that has electrolytes added to a new brand of brew.

As most of you know, drinking causes you to become dehydrated. Dehydration leads to bad hangovers. Bad hangovers lead to days on the couch feeling sorry for yourself. With this new beer, hangovers will be aided immensely because electrolytes are commonly found in sports drinks and they keep you hydrated. So now those Sunday mornings won’t be as miserable after celebrating a friends birthday.

Yes, sadly, the alcohol content was lowered to ensure that the hydrating beer would work properly; but beer fans will rejoice in the fact that the taste has not been affected.


As part of a study, researchers modified two commercial beers, one regular and one light beer. They gave them to volunteers (where do I sign up?) that had just worked out to test their fluid recovery.

The results show that the light beer combined with electrolytes provided the best level of hydration between the two beers.

So why not just not drink beer at all and avoid dehydration completely? Professor Desbrow says it best..

“It’s more effective to tell people how to minimize dehydration than telling them not to drink. If you’re going to live in the real world, you can either spend your time telling people what they shouldn’t do, or you can work on ways of reducing the danger of some of these socialized activities”

The new super beer paves the way for products to be developed so the nasty hangover monster can one day be destroyed.

So let’s all raise our glasses and toast Professor Desbrow for his hard work!

Oh and one more thing…Australia is one of the leading countries that has banned GMOs to be put into their beer and wine. Australians, what can’t they do?!

This GMO and hangover free beer has yet to be named. If it was up to you, what would you call this new brew? I’d call it Hydrale. Let me know in the comment section below and we can swap bar stories.

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Mark Alderson