While a rapid way to get alcohol out of the system may seem like a treatment for the right hangover, it has some serious healing potential. Worldwide, approximately 3 million deaths per year are caused by harmful alcohol use and those being able to reverse the effects of binge drinking can save their lives.
Scientists have now come up with a compact, simple, proof-of-concept system that helps the body clean up alcohol at a faster-than-usual rate – and its key helps the lungs get out of the liver. Is alcohol.
Generally, the liver clears 90 percent of the alcohol in the blood, and there is no way to speed this process up; Doctors can only try to give some support to the liver. If the lungs are also working, alcohol can be cleared three times faster than blood and body, new research has found.
“This is a very basic, low-tech device that can be made anywhere in the world: no electronics, no computer, or filters are needed,” says anesthesiologist Joseph Fisher of Canada’s Toronto General Hospital Research Institute.
“It’s almost inexplicable why we didn’t try this decades ago.”
Breathing removes ethanol from the blood, along with other compounds that are already well established. In this case, scientists adapted a suitcase-shaped breathing apparatus called Clearmate to aid this process and to pump oxygen and carbon dioxide.
One of the smartest parts of the system is that it returns the correct amount of carbon dioxide in the blood while the alcohol is being hypervalent.
This is important in keeping the body balanced. During normal hyperventilation, we excrete carbon dioxide as well as alcohol from the blood, and if it continues for extended periods of time, it can cause problems on its own.
Fisher says, “You can’t understand in just a minute or two, because you’ll be light-headed in a minute or two and get out.”
The US Food and Drug Administration allowed ClearMate to be marketed in emergency rooms in 2019 as a way to treat carbon monoxide poisoning, and with the latest modifications, it also holds promise as a way to combat alcohol poisoning. .
So far, the system has been tested with only five male subjects, with and without alcohol in their blood (a single vodka-based drink was used as alcohol). In ClearMate sessions of up to three hours, an increase in blood alcohol elimination rates by a factor of more than three was observed.
This is an impressive result despite the small sample size. The next steps are to test the process more extensively and ensure that it can work with people with severe amounts of alcohol in their system – only 0.1 percent of those who took a vodka drink in a pilot study Had increased nominal ethanol concentrations – and which are at serious risk of health problems.
“At low blood ethanol concentrations, impaired judgment and coordination make people a risk to themselves and the people around them, but high levels have led them to lung damage and death from lung aspiration, respiratory depression, and fatal arrhythmias. Risked, ”the researchers wrote in their published paper.
The research has been published in Scientific report.