Nanocapsule Ushers Sobriety In Minutes

Nanocapsule Ushers Sobriety In Minutes

Researchers develop pills to prevent hangovers.

Yi Chen
  • 22 february 2013

A team of researchers at UCLA have developed a nanocapsule that could help people sober up quickly when they’ve had a bit too much to drink. The nanoscale-polymer capsules can also eliminate the effects of a hangover.

The research was led by Yunfeng Lu, a professor of bimolecular engineering, and biochemist Cheng Ji. The capsule contains enzymes that mimic the body’s natural procedure of processing alcohol.


The “biomimetic enzyme nanocomplexes” have been tested on intoxicated mice, and show how blood alcohol levels are dramatically reduced within few minutes. The tiny pill is referred to as “antidotes and preventive measure for alcohol intoxication.”

Lu explains in the University press release that:

The pill acts in a way extremely similar to the way your liver does. With further research, this discovery could be used as a preventative measure or antidote for alcohol intoxication.


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