SCIENTISTS have now woken up and smelled the coffee — declaring the drink to be the perfect hangover cure.
They say three or four cups are best to get you feeling full of beans after a heavy night.
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And in good news for those swerving caffeine, the benefits are still there for decaffeinated brews.
Instant coffee will do the trick — though splashing out for the posh ground stuff is better, the experts said.
It is all down to molecules kahweol and cafestol — found in higher levels in ground coffee — and their abilities to help repair your liver.
Data shows the recommended three or four cups a day reduces the chance of death from liver problems by nearly half.
Boozing is associated with serious liver problems and there is no suggestion that coffee completely counteracts the damage it can cause.
But the study, published in the journal BMC Public Health, found coffee drinkers were 21 per cent less likely to suffer chronic liver disease.
It was carried out by researchers at Southampton and Edinburgh universities, who looked at data for nearly 500,000 people over a decade.
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Dr Oliver Kennedy, of Southampton University, said: “Coffee is widely accessible and the benefits we see from our study may mean it could offer a potential preventative treatment for chronic liver disease.
“This would be especially valuable in countries with lower incomes and worse access to healthcare and where the burden of chronic liver disease is highest.”
But another study has suggested kahweol and cafestol are linked with raising cholesterol, so you may want to think again about having that post-booze greasy fry-up.