We all want that quick fix after a hard night of drinking. There are many products on the market that claim to do just that, particularly using activated charcoal. However, studies have shown that alcohol doesn’t bind to activated charcoal at all.
According to Dr. Ziad Kazzi, “activated charcoal cannot bind to molecular compounds such as ethanol, so popping a charcoal pill will not suck out the alcohol you consumed”. Ethanol is absorbed quickly in the stomach too, so by the time you take a charcoal pill in the morning, any alcohol that was in your stomach would be gone. Charcoal is not the miracle worker we hope it would be when it comes to hangovers.