Incredible mask developed that sobers you up three times faster than normal

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From room spins to nausea, anyone who has ever had one too many drinks will be all too aware of the nasty side effects.

But help could soon be at hand, as scientists have developed an incredible mask that they claim can sober you up three times faster than normal.

Researchers from the University Health Network in Toronto say the simple method could be a ‘game-changer’ in rescue therapy for severe alcohol intoxication.

The system is comprised of a briefcase-sized valve system, a mask and a small tank with compressed carbon dioxide.

Dr Joseph Fisher, who led the study, said: “It's very basic, low-tech device that could be made anywhere in the world: no electronics, no computers or filters are required. It’s almost inexplicable why we didn't try this decades ago."

Incredible mask developed that sobers you up three times faster than normal
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Normally, 90% of the alcohol in the human body is cleared by the liver at a constant rate.

However, the new mask employs the help of the lungs to breathe out the alcohol, with harder breathing eliminating the booze up to three times faster than the liver alone.

Dr Fisher said: “But you can't just hyperventilate, because in a minute or two you would become light-headed and pass out.”

When you hyperventilate, your body eliminates carbon dioxide from the blood, along with the alcohol.

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While this usually causes light-headedness, the mask returns precisely the amount of carbon dioxide to the body.

This means that you can breathe heavily to eliminate the alcohol, without becoming light-headed and fainting.

Unfortunately, it remains unclear when the system could be rolled out, or how much it would cost.

However, the researchers hope the findings will spark further research into how hyperventilation could be used to eliminate alcohol.

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