Hope on Hopkins Gin and Tonic cocktails Picture: Megan Baadjies

Hay fever has the ability to render us entirely out-of-action, irritating our eyes, blocking our noses and scratching our throats.

But, if you’re on the hunt for a cure you might want to forget stockpiling on antihistamines. Instead, a bottle of gin could be the answer.

While it’s been proven that alcohol worsens symptoms of hayfever and asthma, Asthma UK has revealed that a switch to “mother’s ruin” could help curb symptoms.

But why? More than 64% of asthma sufferers claim that alcohol can make their allergies worse and this is all down to two triggering chemicals: histamine and sulphites.

Experts say drinking gin and tonic can help cure hay fever Picture: Supplied


Commonly found in darker, fermented beverages like red wine and beer, a boozy lunch is often off the cards for hay fever sufferers but not all hope is lost.

According to Asthma UK, you can find refuge in clear spirits such as gin and vodka, which have a relatively low histamine content.

Gin in particular, due to its distillation process, doesn’t have any sulphites unless the brand choose to amp up their recipe and Absolut Vodka has recently revealed that their products are free of them too.

If you do have a craving for a glass of vino though, it’s best to opt for low-sulphite wines.

Similarly, foods like cured, smoked and canned meats including bacon, salami and tuna are usually high in histamine.

As are cheeses like stilton, cheddar, camembert and parmesan.

Instead, opt for fresh meat and fish and younger cheeses such as ricotta and mozzarella.

Independent