Drinking coffee could help to undo the effects of alcohol. Bottoms up.

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Here at The Glow, we are blessed with the ability to find any justification — whether scientifically proven or not — to mainline coffee. Any minute now we’ll launch a heated campaign to have coffee instated as its own food group.

Until that fateful moment comes, we’ll continue bringing you any and every reason why you shouldn’t feel bad about your daily latte habit, and this latest one is pretty damn interesting.

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Here it is: apparently, your favourite beverage could help to undo, or at least serve as protection from, some of the serious effects alcohol has on the liver. Kind of like a little caffeine-powered superhero. According to the findings of a study published by the World Cancer Fund, daily coffee consumption could reduce the risk of liver cancer among heavy drinkers.

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Researchers looked at data from 34 previous studies, with more than eight million participants in total, to determine potential causes and prevalence of the illness.

This data confirmed that heavy drinking was linked to a higher risk of liver cancer; however, the more surprising outcome was that this risk seemed to decrease for every day participants consumed one cup of coffee. This is undoubtedly a very cool discovery, but the research team did not provide a daily recommended coffee intake. So maybe that fourth (okay, fifth) short black isn’t really necessary. Damn.

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It does make a good case, however, for adding a cuppa to your hangover recovery diet (alongside your beloved, ye olde bacon and egg roll). The only problem is, the last thing your hungover self ever feels like doing is getting out of bed, let alone making small talk with a barista while they serve up the elixir of life and you try your best to conceal the cold sweat breaking across your forehead.

Which is why the following invention is sheer genius.

This actually exists

Designer Joshua Renouf has answered the indecipherable moans of every non-Morning Person by creating an alarm clock that brews a cup of coffee at your desired time. It's called the Barisieur and it sounds nothing short of heavenly.

According to a rather poetic description on Renouf's website, the alarm "eases the the user into the day with the subtle movement of stainless steel ball bearing that boil the water through induction heating, accompanied by the smell of freshly brewed coffee."

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Take a moment to imagine just how much more pleasant your ungodly 6am wake-ups would be if you owned one of these guys. In fact, short of enlisting a troupe of tiny puppies to snuggle you at precisely the time you need to be roused, I can't think of a better way to be woken up.

Sadly, there's only one of these alarm clocks in existence right this moment, but apparently plans are afoot to mass-produce that bad boy. We can't wait.

What's your standard coffee order?