WORDS BY SIMON SMITH
Good news for all those that suffer both from hayfever and enjoy a drink. Pretty much everyone then.
Gin may have another use other than helping divorcees get over a crippling breakup.
Allergy experts have deemed it the best alcohol to swig if you're a sufferer of hayfever. But before you go rushing off to the bar for your "medicine", keep reading.
Drinking any alcohol is actually proven to worsen symptoms of hay fever and asthma, like sneezing and itchy eyes, because of its histamine content – produced during the fermentation process and responsible for setting off allergy reactions.
But here's where the gin comes in...
According to charity Asthma UK, clear spirits like gin and vodka are “better options” as they’re “very low in histamines”.
Gin also doesn’t contain any sulphites – another group of compounds known to provoke asthma and other allergy-like symptoms.
Some beverages hayfever sufferers should stay clear from include red wine and beer as they're both typically high in histamines. White wine and cider tend to have a high level of sulphites.
And it's not just alcohol that can set off your hayfever. Watch out for certain foods too. Foods like vinegar, cured meats, dried fruit, most citrus fruits, aged cheese, and – prepare yourselves – avocados are also high in histamines.
So there you have it. The lesson to take from this is any type of alcohol isn't great for hayfever sufferers. If you are going to drink, a gin and tonic or vodka and soda is the best option.