Science Proves That 'Old Sober' Hangover Cure Actually Works

By Sam Gibbs on at

According to new data from the University of California, presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society, one of the legendary hangover cures from New Orleans (via Korea) actually works. It'll help you get over your hangover much, much faster, but unfortunately it's not a bacon sandwich.

The miracle concoction, called Old Sober in New Orleans, or yaka mein for everyone else, works because of the combination of salts (sodium and potassium), proteins, and other substances mixed in with the noodles. They replenish those lost from your body because of booze, and there's even a compound called cysteine contained within the eggs that helps eradicate acetyldehyde from the body. Considering that acetyldehyde is thought to be one of the main constituents of the dreaded hangover, that's a very good thing.


The beauty is, now that we know what does you good from Old Sober, you can replicate it with other things, like eggs, vitamin B1, and isotonic sports drinks. But really, when yaka mein looks this good, why wouldn't you just make it. Or better yet, keep it on standby in the morning after a crazy night out, just in case. [Eurekalert]

Image credit: Drunk woman from Shutterstock, and Yakamein from Wikipedia