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An Apple a Day: Hangovers

Kick hangovers to the curb with a little help from Kate O’Brien

Beat hangover the blues

The fastest and easiest remedy for hangovers is quite simply not drinking! But for most of us this is not what we want to hear. It is estimated that up to 75 per cent of people who become intoxicated experience some degree of hangover for about 24 hours (often longer) after drinking, until the toxic residue is flushed from the body. It is thought that those least likely to suffer from hangovers are generally people with an alcohol addiction, primarily because their body has developed a high level of tolerance to the intoxicants in alcohol.

Cause and effect

As widespread as hangovers are, scientists remain unsure as to the exact cause. Dehydration is most commonly cited, with the production of toxic by-products in the body, the body’s inflammatory response to alcohol and drops in blood sugar that occur after drinking also believed to contribute. Alcohol acts as a diuretic, causing people to urinate more than usual. As a result, those tell-tale signs of a dry mouth, excessive thirst, pounding headache and nausea appear on waking. As although sleep comes easy after drinking alcohol, it is a known as a sleep disruptor and does not aid a deep, good-quality slumber, thereby exacerbating the issue for many.

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July is undoubtedly the best month of the year; summer is in full swing, the days are longer, and, if you’re lucky, you may be able to enjoy a few drinks in the sunshine after work. It’s also the time of year where our diaries are jam-packed with BBQs – but, as vegans, this can sometimes be met with a side of anxiety if our social groups are predominantly meat eaters. On page 28, you will find everything you need to know if you’re planning to host your own BBQ – or should we say, BVQ – from handy tips, to mouth-watering recipes. But, if grilled food isn’t really your thing, you may want to experiment with raw food recipes. Following a diet that mainly consists of uncooked foods may seem slightly tricky to begin with, but we’ve served up a number of dishes that are impossible to resist – find them on page 46. They’re all easy-to-make and super healthy – perfect for those trying to eat well before their summer holiday. Speaking of which, have you booked yours yet? Whether you plan on staying close to home, or you fancy jetting off to a far away island, make sure you follow our Summer Survival Guide, on page 18. Here, we share all you need to know to ensure you have a care-free, vegan holiday. Before I go, I just want to recommend the Samphire and Spinach Linguine on page 94. It’s a pretty simple dish, but it will go down a treat with dinner party guests – especially if it’s served outside with an ice cold drink. Enjoy the issue!