Summer heat may have us hitting the beach in droves - but also hitting the bar. Although August has been damper than many would’ve liked, the mercury hit record highs in early July had us celebrating with quite a few refreshing pints or chilled glasses of white.
This isn’t without consequences however, as a new survey from Cancer Research UK’s Dryathlon campaign showed that Britons have lost an average of 22 hours per person to hangovers.
One in four admitted to having missed out on going outside to enjoy good weather at the mercy of the after-effect of hours spent boozing. Worse, perhaps, is that almost as many, 23 per cent, admit that they’d cancelled plans with family or friends nursing a nasty hangover.
Our suffering lasts an average of 6.5 hours - although for one in eight, the latest night out left them feeling under the weather for a full 12 hours the next day.
Anthony Newman, marketing director at Cancer Research UK said the hot weather was a likely culprit, as almost half of young Britons say they tend to drink more in the summer months:
We’ve seen some record temperatures this summer, but with great weather has come the pull of the beer garden, festivals and parties – all of which often go in hand-in-hand with having a few too many.
If a hangover has stopped you enjoying a day out in the sun, or meeting your friends, don’t feel bad. It could be worse, as the 279,000 Britons who’ve reported they’d missed a flight because of a hangover are sure to agree.