Are hangovers about to become extinct?

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04 Jul 2022
Are hangovers about to become extinct?

A 'gamechanging' £1 pill goes on sale in the UK today

words Louis Staples

We’ve all been there: sitting in bed, feeling dreadful, after a night of drinking. In fact, maybe some people are still feeling like that today, sheepishly sitting with the camera off on a work Zoom call. “Was it even worth it?” I’ve often asked myself, as my head feels like it’s about to explode and my whole body aches.

But what if it didn’t have to be this way? A “ground-breaking” new hangover pill has hit stores today across the UK. At just £1 a pill, the new product promises to “rapidly break down alcohol” to make the morning after a far less brutal experience. The future is here, folks.

Myrkl is a pill that is designed to be taken before drinking. It claims to be “the first product in history to break down alcohol effectively”. It is 100 percent natural and vegan, costing £30 for a pack of 30 pills.

Scientist Johan de Faire came up with the idea in 1990 and spent 30 years perfecting it. Users are advised to take two pills before drinking, from one to 12 hours before a sesh. Myrkl claims that 70 percent of alcohol is then “broken down” after an hour.

Of course, it’s worth remembering that NHS guidelines suggest no more than 14 units of alcohol per week, ideally spread over several days. But let’s face it: the reality is that not everyone adheres to these suggested limits all the time. Still, Myrkl’s website makes clear that it is “not suited and aimed to alleviate the impact of excess alcohol consumption. Myrkl must never be an excuse to drink more alcohol and you should always limit your alcohol consumption within the government guidelines.”

Håkan Magnusson, CEO at Myrkl, said the product would help moderate drinkers feel “their best” after drinking. “We are very excited to be launching this ground-breaking product in the UK and in most European markets,” he said. “Moderate social drinking is a huge part of British culture, with the majority of British people heading out each week to enjoy a few drinks together.”

Magnusson added: “The independent clinical trials prove just how powerful this product is at breaking down alcohol. Whilst Myrkl is in no way designed as an excuse to drink beyond NHS guidelines, we are really convinced that Myrkl is a game-changing product for those regular moderate drinkers, and we can't wait for the British public to try it out.”

With a summer of drinking cold beers, rose and those G&T cans ahead of us, a pill that genuinely helps with a hangover could be just what we need. Let’s hope it isn’t too good to be true.

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