Sports drinks we all know them and love them and are encouraged to drink them when we are doing any strenuous activities like playing sports (duh!). The purpose of them according to Wikipedia is “designed to help athletes rehydrate when fluids are depleted after training or competition. Electrolyte replacement promotes proper rehydration, which is important in delaying the onset of fatigue during exercise.”
Now I am sure there are many of you who drink them, like me, on a hot summer day when you’re sweating (or ladies, perspiring) and many of us also know that they make a great hangover drink. If you didn’t know about this then I refer you to above statement about electrolyte replacement. The reason this is so key is because alcohol dehydrates us and that is one of the key aspects which causes a hangover.
Now, my idea…or theory if you will…if you use a sports drink as your mixer for alcohol and drink them together then theoretically it should be the ultimate in hangover prevention! I know people advocate using water as a mixer to prevent hangovers but the fact is that sports drinks should do a better job because they replenish the electrolytes – something water doesn’t do – which are lost when you drink heavily.
Has anyone ever tried this? Maybe Mythbusters should do an episode about it. (Have they?) Even if they have done one I think I am going to have to do it in the name of science…and an excuse to drink mass quantities of alcohol. I’ll let you know how it works out when I try it.
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