The major danger of day drinking—besides the dizzying heat, tank top sunburn, and memory loss that causes 12 Busch Lites to turn into six—is that starting a day with a beer at noon tends to really dehydrate you as the hours go by. Meaning: A night spent out on Friday, coupled with an early start on Saturday, is a recipe for one of those legendarily brutal Sunday morning hangovers. Think the six-hour head-pounders when your mouth tastes like a man stuck in the desert for 127 hours, and you're feeling a similar level of body pain, too.
Enter "hydrating" beer. Scientists at Griffith University in—where else?—Queensland, Australia have developed a way to chemically add electrolytes to beer, rehydrating boozers with a drink that combines both the happy powers of a Coors and the renourishing powers of a blue Gatorade. The researchers claim the taste of the beer is not changed. However, the alcohol content has been lowered slightly. (BOO, SCIENCE.)
In their test, the scientists modified both light and regular beers, then served both brews (plus controls) to a group of volunteers who had previously worked up a sweat. Here's what they found, via UPI:
"Of the four different beers the subjects consumed, our augmented light beer was by far the most well retained by the body, meaning it was the most effective at re-hydrating the subjects," said Associate Professor Ben Desbrow.
"If you're going to live in the real world, you can either spend your time telling people what they shouldn't do, or you can work on ways of reducing the danger of some of these socialized activities," he added.
Australian has come through yet again. And the future of day drinking may be found Down Under.