An extract of prickly pear cactus could herald help for hangovers, quelling some of the wretched symptoms that strike the morning after a night out.
Taking a capsule of the extract before a night of drinking and partying significantly reduced some of the symptoms of a hangover in young adults, compared with a placebo, showed a study by US scientists.
The extract produced statistically significant improvements in the nausea, lack of appetite and dry mouth afflicting the volunteers the morning after they had spent four hours swigging spirits. The overall assessment of hangover severity, based on nine symptoms, was reduced by nearly a fifth, but this result was not statistically significant.
Jeff Wiese, at Tulane University, New Orleans, stresses: “Our interest is not to eliminate the symptoms of the alcohol hangover so people could drink with impunity. The only known cure for the alcohol hangover is to not drink.”