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Feeling a little worse for wear after the weekend? Well then, you might want to give this article a miss!

New research has suggested that even one big boozy night out could cause permanent damage to their health.

Researchers in the US say that even one heavy drinking session can cause bacteria to leak from the gut, causing increased levels of toxins in the blood.

Eek!

The researchers, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, say these toxins cause the body to produce immune cells involved in fever, inflammation and tissue destruction.

“We found that a single alcohol binge can elicit an immune response, potentially impacting the health of an otherwise healthy individual,” said lead author Gyongyi Szabo. “Our observations suggest that an alcohol binge is more dangerous than previously thought.”

Binge drinking is defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) as five or more drinks for men, or four or more drinks for women, in about two hours, depending on body weight.

Some scary post-weekend reading!

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We’ve all caught the whiff of sun tan lotion that bring us right back that amazing holiday with the girls, or a certain aftershave that makes us go weak at the knees.

Well, there’s a science behind it!

Our smelling response is directly linked to the emotional centre of our brain, causing a flood of warm and fuzzy feelings with a simple sniff.

But aside from their memory-inducing powers, certain scents can also do amazing things for our mind and body.

1. Lavender
As a go-to scent for relaxation, lavender can help calm the mind and body almost instantly. Next time you’re having trouble getting some shut-eye, try turning to the soothing scent for a little help.

2. Cinnamon
This cosy-smelling spice is great for boosting your brain power. Researchers found that those who took a whiff of cinnamon noticeably improved in brain functions like working memory and attention span.

3. Pine
There’s more than one reason why pine trees bring us cheer around Christmas. A pine scent could be decreasing our anxiety. In one study, participants who went on a walk through pine forests reported significantly lower depression and stress levels. Use that as an excuse the next time your family wants to get rid of the Christmas tree right away!

4. Freshly-cut grass
The fresh scent of cut grass may be making you happier. Scent researchers found that a chemical released by a newly-mowed lawn can make people feel joyful and relaxed. The aroma may also prevent mental decline as you grow older.

5. Citrus
Scents like lemon and orange are not only well-known for their Vitamin C properties, but simply sniffing the fruit can help boost energy and alertness.

6. Vanilla
Researchers found that taking a whiff of the vanilla bean elevated people’s feelings of joy and relaxation. The results were measured through mood mapping, which included emotions ranging from happiness and stimulation to apathy and irritation.

7. Peppermint
In addition to giving you sweet breath, peppermint may also do your brain a favour. Known for invigorating the mind, it’s even been used as an aid for students when taking tests.

8. Jasmine
This floral scent has serious mood perks. The jasmine is not only said to create a sense of alertness, it can also help when you’re feeling blue. Pretty powerful for such a tiny flower!

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