Drinking beer or wine first has no effect on severity of hangover

08 Février, 2019, 13:56 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • Red wine glass and glass of light beer

Just in time for the weekend, a new study released Thursday showed that the order in which one drinks beer or wine does not impact the severity of a hangover. The first group drank two and a half pints of beer followed by four large glasses of white wine (big night, lads?), the second drank the same but with the wine first, and the third had only beer or only wine. Wine before beer? You'll still feel queer.

Determined to find a way to help people have a better day after a night out, the researchers recruited 90 courageous souls in Germany between the ages of 19 and 40 to drink beer, wine or both. Subjects in the third control group had either only beer or only wine. The volunteers, aged between 19 and 40, were asked about their wellbeing at regular intervals and kept under medical supervision overnight.

"Using white wine and lager beer, we didn't find any truth in the idea that drinking beer before wine gives you a milder hangover than the other way around", study author Joran Kochling from Germany's Witten/Herdecke University said.

You may have subscribed to this old adage in the past when drinking alcohol, in the hope of avoiding a hangover the next day.

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'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. You can't cheat your way out of a hangover with a catchy rhyme.

'We should all pay attention to these red flags when drinking'. For example, they couldn't assign a control group to drink beer or wine without alcohol, as the participants in an alcohol study were not interested in being in a non-alcoholic group. They were also asked to rate their hangovers the next day.

Dr Kai Hensel, a senior clinical fellow at Cambridge University and senior author of the study, said: "Unpleasant as hangovers are, we should remember that they do have one important benefit, at least: they are a protective warning sign that will certainly have aided humans over the ages to change their future behaviour".

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