Mercy: Hangover Prevention in a Can?

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Mercy

'Twas the morning after NYE and--you know the story. Your head hurts, your stomach is queasy and WHY is it so damn bright?!  

There's no shortage of "miracle" cures (which usually involve soup), but they often just mask the pain. That's why we're so intrigued by Mercy, which claims to prevent hangovers before they leave us groaning under the covers. 

It's a non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverage that "replenishes key nutrients and jumpstarts your body's natural detox process through a combination of amino acids, anti-oxidants and vitamins." According to the company, drinking it encourages your body to produce more glutathione, which neutralizes free radicals and helps the liver remove hangover-inducing toxins such as acetaldehyde. 

For Asians, there's a bonus: It also claims to prevent "Asian flush," in case you don't have any Pepcid AC handy.  

You're supposed to drink Mercy during or shortly after a night of drinking. (The next morning is too late.) One can is able to take on up to five alcoholic beverages.  

And it works, according to many testers, including one Esquire writer, who wrote

The next morning, newly sober, I woke up parched, tired, but strangely -- mercifully, even -- headache- and nausea-free. The nagging hangover that should have accompanied my five glasses of Barbaresco never arrived.

The can does come with one disclaimer, however: Mercy will not prevent drunk-dialing or texting.

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