Sunday, June 04, 2006

Hangover culprit found by Japanese researchers

Not that this news will do you any good this morning, but Japanese researchers claim to have found the chemical culprit behinds hangovers:

Acetaldehyde may be the culprit behind hangovers, according to new research from Japan. ... The problem many East Asians have in drinking alcohol is that their livers have a mutant form of the enzyme aldehyde dehydrogenase-2 (ALDH2), which in other people eliminates the acetaldehyde formed by ethanol metabolism, but often fails to do its job properly in East Asians, which means they suffer worse hangovers as this toxic compound stays in their system at higher concentrations than it would otherwise do so.

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