Based on the principle of deeper breathing and capable of eliminating alcohol from the blood three times faster than usual, a mechanism has been developed by a group of researchers at the University of Toronto. The results of their study were published on November 12 in the journal Scientific reports.
Using a “basic device”, researchers at the University of Toronto have discovered an unusual way of getting rid of alcohol faster than usual. This was observed according to a recent study published on November 12 in the journal Scientific reports.
The principle of hyperventilation, characterized by breathing deeper and faster than normal, is at the heart of the mechanism developed by the Canadian researchers’ team and explains a press release on this study published on the EurekAlert site.
“It is a very basic, low-tech device that could be manufactured anywhere in the world: no electronics, computers or filters are needed,” explained Dr. Fisher, who led the study and whose words are quoted in the press release.
The equipment is the size of a small suitcase, using a valve system, connecting tubes, a mask, and a small compressed carbon dioxide reservoir, the statement said.
Overcoming the side effects of hyperventilation
During hyperventilation, the body removes carbon dioxide from the blood along with alcohol. However, the process causes significant side effects, including dizziness, numbness in the extremities, fainting, and more.
To overcome these, researchers have created a device that allows patients to hyperventilate the alcohol while returning precisely the right amount of carbon dioxide to the body to keep it at a normal level in the blood.
The study, carried out on five healthy male volunteers, is the first scientific demonstration that hyperventilation makes it possible to exceed the rate of elimination of alcohol produced by conventional means, i.e. by the liver.