No one wants a hangover, right? New data suggests a strong genetic link with hangover frequency, researchers recently reported in Psychopharmacology. And drinkers in the study were more likely to have vivid memories of their hangovers if they had relatives who battled alcohol dependency. If your hangovers stand out in your mind, curb your drinking rather than trying the “hair of the dog” trick—especially if alcoholism runs in the family. Find out how to ease your hangover naturally.
Sulfites are chemicals naturally occurring in wine, and used in food processing for preservation. Individuals with sulfite sensitivity experience allergic reactions ranging from mild to life-threatening respiratory symptoms, skin rashes and diarrhea. “Wine-induced asthma” occurs after a person with sulfite sensitivity consumes a glass of wine or beer. Research reported in Allergy and Asthma Proceedings suggests a genetic predisposition to allergic reactions to wine. If family members experience respiratory problems after drinking wine, there’s a higher chance their relatives will too. (Learn more about surprising sensitivities.)