For Preventing Hangover, Wine First or Beer First?

FILE Glass of wine beer and whisky on a bar

FILE Glass of wine beer and whisky on a bar

An answer to the age-old question does drinking beer before - or after - wine make you feel fine!

Publishing their findings in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study saw the team recruit 90 volunteers, aged between 19 and 40 years old, and split them into three groups. Hangovers are likely to be influenced by ingredients other than pure alcohol, such as colourings and flavourings, it is therefore suggested that dark spirits such as rum and Bourbon may cause a more severe hangover than vodka.

One group drank around two and a half pints of lager, followed by four large glasses of white wine. They were also asked to judge their level of drunkenness on a scale of 0 to 10 at the end of each day. Study group 1 consumed beer up to a breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) ≥0.05% and then wine to BrAC ≥0.11% (vice versa for study group 2). The second group drank the same amounts, but in reverse order.

Researchers found that none of the three groups experienced significantly different hangover scores when the alcoholic drinks we re-ordered.

But a new study has refuted the idea that the order we have alcoholic drinks in affects the severity of a hangover.

The researchers tested the students once, and then tested them again swapping their orders.

The myth of "beer before wine, you'll be fine" is often heard in the United Kingdom, and there are similar variations in French and German.

Participants, several of whom vomited, were asked about their hangover the following day and given a score on a so-called acute hangover scale based on factors including thirst, fatigue, headache, dizziness, nausea, stomach ache, increased heart rate and loss of appetite.

The study found that changing the order of the beverages made no significant difference to the hangovers and that it was also hard to predict the intensity of a hangover even with given information like your age and weight.

Jöran Köchling, from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany, who was the first author of the paper, said: "The only reliable way of predicting how miserable you'll feel the next day is by how drunk you feel and whether you are sick. We should all pay attention to these red flags when drinking", Köchling said.

Dr Kai Hensel added: 'Unfortunately, we found that there was no way to avoid the inevitable hangover just by favouring one order over another'.

Instead, hangover intensity was best predicted by whether the patients themselves felt that they were getting drunk, or if they threw up during their drinking.

The evaluation revealed the order of the drinks did not matter for the extent of the hangover, nor did gender, weight or general drinking habits.

"In other words, they can help us learn from our mistakes".

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