One universal truth is hangovers suck. No one loves the pounding head, desert-dry mouth, churning stomach and general rubbish malaise that follows a champagne-fuelled blow out or even just a quiet Friday dinner that turned into four bottles of wine later.

Looking for a hangover cure that actually works is top of mind when you just want to function at a semi-normal level after a boozy eve. Everyone has a theory on what will work with one scientific study finding exercise helps alleviate some of the hangover pain and non-scientific peops claiming everything from vegemite toast to a bag of Twisties with a bottle of Powerade as their hangover fix.  

On the flip side is preventing the hangover in the first place. Sure you can just not drink and then you'll never have a hangover. But if you're not yet ready to go teetotaller the scientists at the CSIRO may have found a delicious and nutritious way to prevent or lessen the hangover pain.

Research on the humble, juicy pear by the CSIRO in conjunction with Horticulture Innovation Australia published by the CSIRO found pear consumption had a slew of good health benefits including lowering cholesterol and acting as an anti-inflammatory, but the most startling finding according the study was pears, "...can ward off hangovers and lower blood alcohol levels."

Korean pears

But before heading out to the local fruit market in search of a regular Western pear the lead researcher, Professor Manny Noakes said in the article, "...at present, studies have only investigated the Korean (or Asian) pear." There are, according to the research, differences between the traditional Western pear and Korean pears with further research required to determine whether these differences affect the hangover curing ability.

As for how to consume, according to Noakes, "So far the (hangover reducing) effect has been seen from consuming 220ml Korean pear juice, although consumption of whole pears may produce a similar effect." The research also found for the pear hangover cure magic to happen, the pears or pear juice must be consumed before the booze.

Just how does this fruit help hangovers?  Noakes said, "It appears that the factors in Korean pears act on the key enzymes involved in alcohol metabolism... speed(ing) up alcohol metabolism and elimination or inhibition of alcohol absorption."

This might just be the most delicious and easy way to avoid hangovers that's ever crossed our radar.

Does this delicious fruit prevent hangovers?