Science Says Eating Pears Before Drinking Can Prevent Your Hangover

by Eitan Levine

Before getting irresponsibly unsober, you should consider stopping by your local farmers market and buying a ton of pears.

Scientists at Australia's CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, say eating pears before drinking can significantly reduce your potential hangover.

The working theory is pear juice consumption leads to a reduction in the blood's acetaldehyde levels, or the toxic metabolic that makes you wish you were a practicing Mormon the morning after you decide Fireball can't be THAT bad for you.

CSIRO Research Director Manny Noakes said,

Overall hangover severity, as measured by a 14 item hangover symptom scale, was significantly reduced in the pear group compared to those having a placebo drink, with the most pronounced effect seen on the specific symptom of 'trouble concentrating.'

You should note the hangover cure only works when you eat the pears before you drink; there is no evidence eating pears while plowing through a hangover actually helps you overcome it.

Apparently, this cure is commonly used in the far east, and allegedly, it only works with Korean pears.

Standard American pears might not do jack squat when it comes to fending off a case of the next-day spins.

Citations: Science has just found a hangover cure which actually works (Metro)