New pill marketed as ‘hangover cure’, taken before drinking

A study on the pill titled “Chronic Absorption of a Probiotic Nutritional Supplement (AB001) Inhibits the Absorption of Ethyl Alcohol in the Intestinal Tract – Results of a Randomized Double-Blind Crossover Study” was published in the journal Nutritional and Metabolic Information.

of Myrkl”pre drink pill that works” is a probiotic supplement containing two bacteria; Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus coagulans. Bacteria naturally break down alcohol to produce carbon dioxide and water, and the pill delivers them in an acid-resistant capsule, so they pass through the stomach and intestine to break down the alcohol, because that’s where the majority of the alcohol makes its way into your bloodstream.

Myrkl claims that the pill allows someone to break down 70% of alcohol consumed after one hour. However, with reducing the amount of alcohol absorbed by the body comes the trade-off of preventing the desired effects of alcohol, such as pleasure and disinhibition. Dehydration is the main determinant of a hangover, which is alleviated by drinking less alcohol. Nevertheless, the direct effects of alcohol on the stomach, such as nausea, can still be a problem.

So far, only one study has been done on the pill, with just over half of the study participants whose results were reported, after ingesting the pills on a different pre-drinking schedule than this that Myrkl recommends to consumers. The probiotic pills are safe and the two bacteria included are gut-friendly, but the most cost-effective way to reduce a hangover always seems to be to drink less in the first place.

You can read more of the study here.

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