Hangover-free wine and beer could soon make your happy hours a lot happier. 

If a glass of wine is your happy hour drink of choice, you could soon be reaping some incredible health benefits without ever experiencing a hangover again.

Scientists at the University of Illinois have found a way to make wine, beer and bread healthier and hangover-free by engineering a “jailbreaking” yeast that can be genetically modified. While yeast has traditionally been challenging to engineer, a recently developed “genome knife” can target specific genes with precision, allowing scientist to manipulate the active ingredient found in some of your favorite alcoholic beverages.

The new research is particularly interesting in its implications for resveratrol-rich red wine. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Resveratrol might be a key ingredient in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and prevents blood clots.” The antioxidant has also been shown to lower the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

“With engineered yeast, we could increase the amount of resveratrol in a variety of wine by 10 times or more,” Yong-Su Jin, a principle investigator in the Energy Biosiences Institute at University of Illinois, said in a press release. “We could also add metabolic pathways to introduce bioactive compounds from other foods, such as ginseng, into the wine yeast.”

What’s more is that resveratrol could soon be added to yeast used for fermented foods like cheese, kimchee and pickles. And perhaps the best part of the breakthrough is that your hangovers could eventually become nearly non-existent.

“Another benefit is that winemakers can clone the enzyme to enhance malolactic fermentation, a secondary fermentation process that makes wine smooth,” Jin explained. “Improper malolactic fermentation generates the toxic byproducts that may cause hangover symptoms.”

While more research is necessary before hangover-free wine and beer hit your local liquor stores, we have a feeling it will be worth the wait.

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