A group of Yale students have formulated a dietary supplement blend that they claim can prevent hangovers, and have partnered with a pharmaceutical company to manufacture the product and put it on the market. The hangover cure, called SunUp, could be available as early as April for $5 a pack.
The supplement was devised by Yale seniors Margaret Morse and Liam McClintock.
“I’m a big supplements aficionado so I take a lot of dietary supplements,” McClintock said. “And I was trying to find one that would help alleviate my hangovers and nothing was really effective.”
He turned to Morse, a molecular cellular and developmental biology major, who began investigating what causes a hangover after a night of indulging. “There’s an acetaldehyde buildup,” McClintock learned. “There is a vitamin and electrolyte loss. There is a glutamine rebound and there are immunological disturbances.”
He rummaged into the internet for vitamins and nutrients promoted for liver health and concocted a citrus-tasting powder. The idea is to consume the powder before you indulge in heavy drinking. Ideally, the product will help the liver handle the impact of too much alcohol.
The result? Morse says, “You feel less fatigued than normally, you are not nauseous, no headaches.” They back up this response after conducting a small, unscientific study of students and garnering the support of Yale experts.
“It’s intended for productive workers,” McClintock pointed out, while stressing that responsible drinking is key.
Responsible consumption of dietary supplements is also important. According to a study by the Drug Induced Liver Injury Network, a program funded by the National Institutes of Health, the number of injuries associated with dietary supplements is increasing, climbing from just 7 percent of all drug-induced liver injuries in 2004 to about 20 percent in 2014. The report was recently published in the journal Hematology.