avoid a hangover

FAQ

Recoverthol is a liquid you put into your drink, to help manage hangover symptoms. It is simply an extra dose of ADH cofactors that your body already has. It contains ingredients that are found naturally in your body. When you drink alcohol you need more of these ingredients to promote the efficient metabolism of alcohol, and help manage hangover symptoms.

Recoverthol is not a hangover cure or a hangover prevention product. Recoverthol is a supplement to provide additional cofactors and co-enzymes precursors that are used up when you drink alcohol. There is no way to avoid or prevent a hangover, other than to avoid alcohol altogether.

Recoverthol is a unique, Australian made liquid formulation of Alcohol Dehydrogenase (ADH) cofactors and co-enzymes that can be added to alcoholic drinks, to help manage hangover symptoms. Recoverthol helps the liver to metabolise alcohol more efficiently and subsequently helps manage the side effects of alcohol metabolism. It is these side effects that may cause hangover symptoms.

Recoverthol is simply an extra dose of ADH cofactors and co-enzymes that your body already has.

WHO recommends that we should only drink 2 standard drinks per night. Any amount of alcohol can effect your health. Alcohol has short-term and long-term side effects.There is no way to avoid or prevent these side effects, other than to avoid alcohol altogether. If you do choose to drink alcohol, however, there are safety measures you can take.

Recoverthol is not a blend of amino acids or exotic herbs to allow you to drink as much as you want!. Recoverthol has been scientifically formulated based on medical knowledge of alcohol metabolism to support alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme to do its job. Taking Recoverthol will help to replenish the cofactors lost during alcohol consumption.

“Always read the label”, “use only as directed” and “if symptoms persist see your doctor/healthcare professional”

Recoverthol is not a blend of amino acids or exotic herbs. It is simply an extra dose of Alcohol Dehydrogenase cofactors that your body already has. An extra dose of these cofactors WHILST you are drinking, is essential to replenish what you have used up, to help manage hangover symptoms. Recoverthol will give you an extra dose of these essential cofactors to firstly replenish what you have used up, and also to assist in the management of hangover symptoms.

When you drink, your liver gets to work using alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme to slowly filter out the alcohol in your system. Now some people have more and some have less of this enzyme. Because you only have so much of this in your body, if you drink more than what your liver can handle (i.e. 2 standard drinks), the alcohol is going to tax your liver, interrupt your sleep, make you tired, and possibly give you a hangover.

The selection of Recoverthol’s active ingredients was driven by a number of scientific principles and published research findings. On the basis of models of alcohol metabolism, increasing the amount of alcohol dehydrogenase cofactors, zinc, and nicotinamide within the body, will enhance alcohol metabolism. This in turn, may reduce the build up of acetaldehyde and the development of associated hangover symptoms. Indeed, it has also been proven scientifically and reported in scientific journals that administering nicotinamide to humans drinking high volumes of alcohol (750ml/ 70 g of alcohol) reduces the build up of acetaldehyde (Vopli et al., 1997).

When we exercise, we need extra water to rehydrate. The same principle applies when drinking alcohol. You need to replace the Alcohol Dehydrogenase cofactors that you have used up to assist in managing hangover symptoms. So just like you have some water when you exercise, taking Recoverthol when you drink alcohol will help to replenish these cofactors.

*Individual results may vary.

Did you know when you drink alcohol it can effect your health. Alcohol has short-term and long-term side effects. There is no way to avoid or prevent these side effects, other than to avoid alcohol altogether. If you do choose to drink alcohol, however, there are safety measures you can take. One of these safety measures is to replenish the cofactors used up when you drink alcohol. We also encourage you to use the app to count your drinks and see the effect of your alcoholic drink based on your weight and gender.

You already have some Alcohol Dehydrogenase cofactors (i.e. Recoverthol) in your body naturally - enough to process 1-2 standard drinks (depending on your weight, gender and other genetic factors).

Recoverthol may give you an extra dose of these essential cofactors to replenish what you have used up. It may also assist in the management of hangover symptoms.

Just like you need to replace the water in your body when you exercise, Recoverthol replaces the cofactors that are used up when you drink alcohol. This may help the symptomatic relief of hangover.


*Individual results may vary.

Add the contents of one to two vials to a drink just before consumption, or as directed by your health professional. Do not consume more than 4 vials per day. Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. If symptoms persist consult your health care practitioner.

This product does not increase or decrease the affects of alcohol. The formulation helps the liver to metabolise alcohol more efficiently. Recoverthol helps to replenish essential cofactors lost during alcohol consumption, and to reduce the build up of toxins produced during the metabolism of alcohol.

Consumers are encouraged to eat before drinking, to always drink responsibly, and not to exceed their “routine” level of drinking by virtue of taking this product.

“Always read the label”, “use only as directed” and “if symptoms persist see your doctor/healthcare professional”

Recoverthol is tasteless in your drink. Recoverthol has been specifically designed to be added to alcoholic drinks (without adversely affecting taste).  Recoverthol contains no flavouring agents, and does not alter the taste or flavour of your drink.

Numerous studies have shown that alcohol disrupts your sleep. Drinking alcohol before sleep reduces rapid eye movement (REM) and the quality of sleep. This is due to the build-up acetaldehyde, a by-product of alcohol metabolism that is more toxic than alcohol itself. The active ingredients in Recoverthol have been scientifically proven to help reduce the build-up of this toxic substance.

Recoverthol is a TGA listed medicine. Recoverthol is manufactured in, and has been tested in Australia. Our GMP facility is FDA, TGA, and PIC’s approved, ensuring the highest standards of production and safety.

Unlike products that claim to cure or prevent a hangover, Recoverthol is a supplement you need when you consume alcohol in order to replenish essential cofactors that are depleted when you drink, and to provide you with an extra dose of these essential cofactors to assist alcohol metabolism.

Recoverthol has 4 main points of difference to other products:

  1. Recoverthol only contains what alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme needs to do its job
  2. Recoverthol has been specifically designed to be added to any drink including water (without adversely affecting taste).
  3. Recoverthol is taken in your first alcoholic drink, as opposed to being taken when hangover symptoms are in full swing (e.g., the morning after).
  4. Recoverthol is an easy to swallow liquid formulation that provides an alternative to hard to swallow tablets.

Yes. You can take Recoverthol on an empty stomach, but consumers are always advised to eat before and during alcohol consumption.

Research has shown that people frequently forget to take tablets. In addition, many people do not like swallowing tablets. We have spent a lot of time and effort in designing a product that is both easy to swallow, and one that people will remember to take. Our liquid formulation can be simply added to your first drink. You don’t have to take hard tablets that are uncomfortable to swallow, and the formulation has been carefully prepared not to adversely affect the taste of your beer, whisky or wine, or whatever your drink of choice is.

This product is formulated in a solution that absorbs faster than tablets. The formula has been scientifically proven to prevent the excessive build up of toxins in the body that are responsible for the development of hangover symptoms.

People are cautioned that the product will not counteract the effects of excessive alcohol consumption. Consumers are encouraged to eat whilst drinking alcohol, to stay hydrated, and to always drink responsibly. It is recommended that consumers do not exceed their “routine” level of drinking by virtue of taking the product.

Recoverthol does not increase or decrease the affects of alcohol. Recoverthol only helps by replenishing the cofactors lost during alcohol consumption.

Research suggests that the use of hangover products does not increase alcohol consumption (Mackus et al., 2017). The majority (i.e., 70%) of 471 individuals surveyed in this study reported that a hangover product would not encourage excessive alcohol consumption, as: 1) hangovers do not typically influence drinking behaviour; and 2) people understand that alcohol is a harmful substance. Reference: Mackus, M., van Schrojenstein Lantman, M., van de Loo, AJAE., Nutt, D., & Verster, J.C. (2017). An effective hangover treatment: Friend or foe? Drug Science, Policy and Law, 3, 1-7.

Just like buying car insurance does not make you drive recklessly, taking Recoverthol does not promote reckless drinking. Sensible drinking behaviour is typically modelled by those who plan ahead for the next day. Take Recoverthol, drink responsibly and ensure that you are on you’re A-game the next day. If people drink heavily whilst taking Recoverthol, hangover symptoms may still occur.


Recoverthol in no way promotes or supports the use of the product to encourage binge drinking. In fact binge drinkers, or those that use Recoverthol during episodes of excessive alcohol consumption, should be warned that the desired therapeutic effect may not be achieved.

Extensive research and surveys have shown that 6.5% of the population binge drink. Research suggests that the use of hangover products does not increase alcohol consumption (Mackus et al., 2017). The majority (i.e., 70%) of 471 individuals surveyed in this study reported that a hangover product would not encourage excessive alcohol consumption, as: 1) hangovers do not typically influence drinking behaviour; and 2) people understand that alcohol is a harmful substance1

A recent Curtin University study reported counting drinks as the strategy most likely to help people cut alcohol consumption. The Recoverthol app is designed to do just that and more. The App keeps a record of how much you had to drink, and prompts you with valuable information to help you manage your drinking habits. Most hangover products appear to be taken after a person experiences a hangover, which we believe is too late. We cannot stop people from drinking, but with Recoverthol and its App, we can encourage them to drink responsibly.

There is no scientific evidence to suggest that alleviating hangover symptoms leads to excessive alcohol intake2. There is no scientific evidence to support that hangover products encourage people to drink more3.

Reference:

  1.  Mackus, M., van Schrojenstein Lantman, M., van de Loo, AJAE., Nutt, D., & Verster, J.C. (2017). An effective hangover treatment: Friend or foe? Drug Science, Policy and Law, 3, 1-7.
  2. Jeffrey G. Wiese, MD; Michael G. Shlipak, MD, MPH; and Warren S. Browner, MD, MPH. The Alcohol Hangover. Annals of Internal Medicine. Volume 132, Number 11
  3. Joris C. Verster. The Need for an Effective Hangover Cure. Current Drug Abuse Reviews, 2012, Vol. 5, No. 1

The bulk of ingested alcohol is metabolised in the liver and is initiated by an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH). This enzyme serves to break down ethanol molecules into compounds (or metabolites) that can be processed more easily by the body, but in order to do this, it requires two helper compounds, namely zinc ions and NAD cofactor (constructed using nicotinimde).

Levels of ADH in our liver and stomach have been reported to effectively detoxify about one drink each hour. When people drink more than one alcoholic drink per hour, alcohol cannot be metabolized efficiently. 

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There is no way to avoid or prevent a hangover, other than to avoid alcohol altogether. Taking Recoverthol in your first drink may help by replenishing the cofactors lost during alcohol consumption.

There are also other things you can do to avoid the development of hangover symptoms the next day, including:

  • Eat before and during consumption of alcohol. Drinking on an empty stomach increases the rate at which alcohol is absorbed into your body. Always remember to eat something before you take your first drink.
  • Commit to your exact limit. Don’t exceed your routine level of drinking- if you have committed to drinking 2 drinks for the night, make sure you stick to that limit.
  • Drink slowly and alternate alcoholic drinks with glasses of water. Also, be sure to have a glass or two of water before going to sleep. Keeping your water intake up can reduce the effects of dehydration that you may experience after a night of drinking.
  • Stop drinking when you feel the effects of alcohol. When you feel intoxicated, it is a signal that your body has reached its limit with respect to metabolising the alcohol that you have already consumed. Take a break, and allow your body to break down the alcohol that you already have in your system.
  • Stay hydrated. Alcohol is a diuretic, so it’s important to drink lots of water before, during and after drinking. For every alcoholic drink, order a glass of water with ice and fresh lime.
  • Eat eggs. There’s actually some science behind this, egg contains the amino acid cysteine which can assist your liver in breaking down acetaldehyde from alcohol.