“In Heaven there is no beer, that's why we drink it here,” the lyrics to an Irish song go.
Unfortunately, there is one thing this song fails to mention: beer makes people terribly dehydrated, hence the fact that many get severe headaches after gulping down one too many pints.
Australian researchers at the Griffith University's Health Institute claim to have figured out a way to solve this problem.
Long story short, they've created a new type of beer that contains loads of electrolytes, i.e. an ingredient common in sports drinks.
The scientists named this beverage “hydrating beer” and explain that, unlike other varieties presently available on the market, it allows people to drink as much of it as they want while staying refreshed.
According to HuffingtonPost, this new beer is about one-third more effective at keeping drinkers hydrated than run-off-the-mill varieties are.
“Our augmented light beer was by far the most well retained by the body, meaning it was the most effective at rehydrating the subjects,” specialist Ben Desbrow claims.
The researchers suspect that this feature could also help make hangovers more bearable.
The only bad news is that the hydrating beer created by the Australian researchers contains a tad less alcohol than the average brew.
However, the scientists say there are no detectable differences in taste. Especially after one gets to their fifth pint.