Forget hair of the dog, new research has shown that the humble pear may stop you from getting a hangover altogether.
According to researchers from Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, drinking pear juice before you hit the pub could keep your hangover at bay.
The scientists measured the success of using pear juice as a hangover preventative by monitoring 14 common hangover symptoms on a severity scale.
They found that effects of the hangover were "significantly reduced" among participants who had consumed Korean pear juice at the start of the experiment, before ingesting alcohol.
Notably, those who drank the juice had far less difficulty concentrating when hungover, than those who had not had any.
The CSIRO researchers only analysed the effects of the Korean or Asian pear during their study, but hope to conduct further research to see whether other types of pear are as effective.
"It appears that the factors in Korean pears act on the key enzymes involved in alcohol metabolism, alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) to speed up alcohol metabolism and elimination or inhibition of alcohol absorption," professor Manny Noakes, who led the study, commented.
"In particular, reductions were seen in blood acetaldehyde levels, the toxic metabolic thought to be responsible for the hangover symptoms, with pear juice consumption."
This isn't the first time nutritionists have suggested juice may be the way to prevent or cure a hangover.
One handful of watercress
One handful of spinach
One handful of rocket
One handful of parsley
One handful of basil
Three dark cabbage leaves
Two celery sticks
One fennel bulb
Two spring onions
Juice of one lemon and some zest
"Roughly tear the leaves and chop the stems and put them into a pan, add a cup of water and place on a gentle heat. Let the contents wilt and steam, add a little more water if needed and blend," she said.
"This is great for liver support, blood sugar regulation and hormone balance and will help your liver cope with alcohol excess and give you a boost."