Can prosecco ever be hangover-free?

From BBC - October 10, 2017

The promise of a hangover-free tipple will have many of us reaching for the bubbles to celebrate. But would not that be too good to be true?

With party season approaching, budget supermarket Lidl has hinted that its new organic prosecco might bring drinkers a step closer to a night out without the banging headache the morning after.

The media have seized on it, splashing a "hangover-free" claim across their titles.

The reality, though, is a little more nuanced.

Richard Bampfield, master of wine at Lidl, explains that organic wine producers use a lower level of sulphites in the production process, which means they are less likely to contribute to hangovers.

"If you do not react well to sulphites, you could be saying good riddance to hangovers with Lidl's organic Prosecco Spumante," he says.

But is it the sulphites or something else that's causing the hangover?

Mark Leyshon, from Alcohol Concern, says there's no such thing as a hangover-free alcoholic drink.

"It's not always the most fun answer but that's the science," he tells the BBC.

"The only way to avoid one is to drink less."

He acknowledges that organic wine probably does contain fewer sulphites, namely sulphur dioxide.

As such, there's a possibility that a small number who are sensitive to sulphites are less likely to get a headache but that wo not be the case for the majority, he says.

Sulphur dioxide, which is produced naturally in wine-making, is generally considered harmless.

It is commonly used as a preservative in foods, including dried apricots and other dried fruits.

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