It’s bad news for anyone who has always believed that downing as much water as possible after a heavy night of drink will alleviate the dreaded hangover symptoms.
However, a new study has found that drinking water does nothing to prevent a hangover. Dutch researchers tested the theory on over 800 students.
According to the BBC, the results reveal that out of the 826 people tested, 54 per cent said that they ate fatty foods and large breakfasts in the hope that it would erase any painful reminders of the night before. However, it actually has little effect.
Over 60 per cent said they drank water during and after drinking large quantities of alcohol, but the results also showed very little improvement in the severity of their hangover symptoms.
Dr Vester, at Utrecht University, concluded that the main issue is that scientists still do not know why hangovers occur. He said: “Research has concluded that it’s not simply dehydration- we know the immune system is involved, but before we know what causes it, it’s very unlikely we’ll find an effective cure.”