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It will soon be the season to be jolly – and often wind up with a sore head as a result.

But revellers beware: Easing your hangover with painkillers may prove difficult this year.

As the traditional round of Christmas parties looms, official figures have revealed shortages of tablets such as ibuprofen and paracetamol as Britons stock up to cope with possible Covid symptoms, flu and colds.

As the traditional round of Christmas parties looms, official figures have revealed shortages of tablets such as ibuprofen and paracetamol as Britons stock up to cope with possible Covid symptoms, flu and colds

As the traditional round of Christmas parties looms, official figures have revealed shortages of tablets such as ibuprofen and paracetamol as Britons stock up to cope with possible Covid symptoms, flu and colds

As the traditional round of Christmas parties looms, official figures have revealed shortages of tablets such as ibuprofen and paracetamol as Britons stock up to cope with possible Covid symptoms, flu and colds

Shortages were also recorded of frozen turkeys, sparkling water and chocolate selection boxes.

Researchers visited hundreds of stores to see if stocks of benchmark products are high, medium, low or absent.

A total of 15.6 per cent of shops were low or out of ibuprofen while the figure for paracetamol was 14.5 per cent.

Some 18 per cent were low or out of stock of turkeys while 17 per cent had shortages of sparkling water.

Chocolate boxes were low or absent in 12 per cent of stores, said the Office for National Statistics.

The ONS found only 39 per cent of retailers had a high level of milk and 49 per cent of bread.

The sparkling water shortage appears to be part of a wider problem in the soft drinks trade.

It follows a shortage of carbon dioxide earlier this year – the gas puts fizz into liquid.

Market analyst Susannah Streeter, of financial services firm Hargreaves Lansdown, said there had been a ‘run on ibuprofen and paracetamol as winter viruses take hold’ amid the pandemic.

She added: ‘It seems Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without turkey on the table as the birds are flying out of the deep freeze faster than supermarkets can stock up again.

Market analyst Susannah Streeter, of financial services firm Hargreaves Lansdown, said there had been a ¿run on ibuprofen and paracetamol as winter viruses take hold¿ amid the pandemic

Market analyst Susannah Streeter, of financial services firm Hargreaves Lansdown, said there had been a ¿run on ibuprofen and paracetamol as winter viruses take hold¿ amid the pandemic

Market analyst Susannah Streeter, of financial services firm Hargreaves Lansdown, said there had been a ‘run on ibuprofen and paracetamol as winter viruses take hold’ amid the pandemic

There has been a lack of supply of sparkling water, with some supermarkets finding it hard to replace bottles on the shelves, given the fall in production of carbonated drinks due to the shortage of carbon dioxide.’

The findings are similar to a study by retail analyst Kantar.

Fraser McKevitt, of Kantar, said: ‘Consumers are stocking up on products to help them feel better.

Sales of cold treatments this month doubled compared with last year while cough liquids shot up 147 per cent.’

Now you can get eco glitter

Glitter might spark joy in some over the festive season, but it’s made of toxic, unsustainable materials and contributes to plastic pollution.

Now researchers from the University of Cambridge have found a way to make sustainable, vegan and biodegradable glitter from cellulose nanocrystals – the building block of cell walls in plants.

The nanocrystals can bend light through a process called ‘structural colour’ to create vivid hues, and researchers hope to form a company to make their glitters commercially available in the coming years.

Professor Silvia Vignolini, from Cambridge’s Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry, said: ‘It will be just as annoying, but it won’t harm the planet.’

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Source: Daily Mail UK

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