A hangover prevention pill that claims to give users a clear head the morning after a night out by rapidly breaking down alcohol in the body has gone on sale in Britain.
The Myrkl supplement can be purchased online, with 30 capsules costing £30, and two pills needed to be taken an hour before drinking for maximum effect. It keeps breaking down alcohol in one’s system for up to 12 hours, scientists say.
No shops will stock the supplement, but Britons can order the tablets online from Myrkl.
Researchers from the manufacturer, Swedish pharmaceutical firm De Faire Medical as well as the Pfützner Science & Health Institute in Mainz, reported results last month showing that preemptively taking the tablets reduced alcohol concentration in the blood by half within 30 minutes of having a drink.
After one hour, the reduction in blood-alcohol level was 70 per cent.
The probiotic pill contains bacteria that rapidly break down bacteria, Bacillus coagulans and Bacillus subtilis, as well as two common vitamins (L-Cysteine and Vitamin B12).
All the ingredients, the manufacturer says, are safe for consumption and have approval from food standards agencies. The tablets are not classed as medicine and therefore do not need approval from the MHRA.
Håkan Magnusson, CEO at Myrkl, says his product is the first pre-drinking hangover pill ever to reach the market.
“Marking the first time in history that a consumer product is demonstrated to effectively and rapidly break down alcohol, 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.
“Myrkl’s purpose is therefore to help those regular moderate drinkers to wake up feeling their best the next day, whether they’re a busy working professional, young parents, or seniors who want to maintain an active social life.
“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.”
In the scientific study which proved the pill to be effective, published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolic Insights, the researchers recruited 24 people and split the group in two.
A dozen got the Myrkl pill while the others got a placebo and they took two capsules a day for a week. Then, on the day of the experiment, they had a light breakfast and a “moderate” glass of vodka.
Researchers then gave blood and breath samples at every 15 minutes for the first hour, and then every 60 minutes for five more hours.
“One week of regular supplementation resulted in a substantially lower uptake of alcohol into the blood and hence into the metabolism,” the researchers write.
“Intake of AB001 as a nutritional supplement may therefore help to prevent liver and other organ damage known to be associated with regular alcohol uptake and may reduce the negative medical and economical impact of social drinking on the individual and the society.”