Tim Spector talks to the Guardian about how drinking alcohol affects our microbial population and in return the intensity of hangovers. Who among us have not suffered the awful effects of a hangover at least once?. Research shows that drinking in excess causes our gut microbes to release toxins and increase the alcohol loving microbes which in return drive us to want to drink more. A solution is at hand and can be found in our diet, in particular high consumption of fibre which ameliorates the effects of drinking and the intensity of hangovers. So next time that you are going out for a drink, do not forget to add high fibre foods to your menu and a probiotic.