Can an herbal supplement keep the feel-good “buzz” of alcohol going long enough to suppress the urge to order another drink? Well, a recent study out of Harvard Medical School questions whether or not kudzu (a traditional Chinese herb) has the power to change your behavior when it comes to drinking alcohol. It is thought that the isoflavones (the same estrogen-like substances found in soy) are responsible for bringing on your buzz faster and making it last longer–possibly keeping you from drinking more alcohol.
However, the results of the study are somewhat inconclusive. The good news is that participants in the Harvard study didn’t become more intoxicated after taking kudzu extract. The bad news is that researchers still don’t understand why the isoflavones in the kudzu plant affect alcohol intake.
So, it seems that while the isoflavones in kudzu do not appear harmful for healthy individuals, there are better ways to moderate your drinking habits. Try these tips below:
- Read our FYI Special on How To Cure a Hangover.
- Go 1-for-1: One glass of water for every alcoholic beverage.
- Keep snacks around: Slow down the absorption of alcohol and keep your mouth busy between sips.
Remember, the NIH recommends no more than one drink per day for women and no more than two drinks per day for men. Stick to it and do away with hangovers for good!