The technique to remove alcohol from our body 3 times faster
It's no secret that after drinking alcohol, it takes time for your blood alcohol level to drop. A team of Canadian researchers has found the solution to speed up the process. Find out what mechanism scientists have developed to eliminate alcohol three times faster than usual.
Take a cold shower, drink coffee, exercise, take aspirin. Some people use these different methods to quickly lower their blood alcohol level after having one or more glasses of alcohol. However, these techniques have never been tested until now. So the question arises: is there really a way to eliminate alcohol faster? According to a recent study, a mechanism based on the principle of hyperventilation (rapid, full and above normal breathing) could dramatically increase the rate at which the body metabolizes alcohol.
Is hyperventilation the key to quickly removing alcohol from the body?
In a study, the results of which were published on November 12 in the journal Scientific Reports, a team of researchers from the University of Toronto in Canada explains how the mechanism they have developed makes it possible to eliminate alcohol three times faster than usual, that is, by the liver, where alcohol is metabolized.
To complete their study, the scientists first formulated a hypothesis. In other words, the lungs could play a fundamental role in the purification of ethanol. Based on this assumption, the team had five healthy adults drink half a glass of vodka twice. Depending on the results of the breathalyzer, it took between two and three hours for the participants to remove half of the ethanol from their bodies after the first drink. For the second drink, the researchers asked them to hyperventilate. This time, the body has eliminated ethanol three times faster than normal.
"But you can not just hyperventilate, because in a minute or two you would get dizzy and pass out," said Dr. Fisher, an anesthesiologist and lead scientist at the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute in a statement about the study.
To avoid the side effects of hyperventilation, specifically the decrease in carbon dioxide in the blood, Canadian scientists have developed a device that allows patients to hyperventilate alcohol while returning the amount of carbon dioxide in the body to keep it at a low level. normal level in the blood, independent of the degree of hyperventilation.
The device developed is the size of a briefcase. It delivers compressed carbon dioxide to users from a small reservoir and uses a valve system, some connecting tubes, and a mask. "It is a very basic, low-tech device that could be manufactured anywhere in the world - no electronic device, computer or filter is needed," Dr. Fisher said in the press release.
"These data indicate that hyperventilation is a non-pharmacological means of accelerating the elimination of ethanol. This technique may be useful in the treatment of severe acute ethanol poisoning," the study indicates.