Beer-before-wine formula won't prevent hangover

Grant Boone
February 10, 2019

(Those who consumed beer first on the initial visit consumed wine first on the second visit, and vice versa.) Participants in the third group who drank only beer on the first visit drank only wine on the second visit, and vice versa.

Determined to find a way to help people have a better day after a night out, the researchers recruited 90 courageous soulsin Germany between the ages of 19 and 40 to drink beer, wine or both.

"The truth is that drinking too much of any alcoholic drink is likely to result in a hangover".

Our findings dispel the traditional myths "Grape or grain but never the twain" and "Beer before wine and you'll feel fine; wine before beer and you'll feel queer" regarding moderate-to-severe alcohol intoxication, whereas subjective signs of progressive intoxication were confirmed as accurate predictors of hangover severity.

In total, the study group volunteers drank an average of 2.5 pints of lager (beer), and four glasses of white wine.

Some 90 individuals between the ages of 19 and 40 were asked to drink beer, wine or both.

The second group consumed the same amount of alcohol, but in reverse order. To test the adages, the study used a crossover in which participants in study groups one and two were switched to the opposite drinking order a week later.

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It doesn't matter how you order your drinks, if you drink too much, you're still going to get a hangover, according to a new study.

"We didn't find any truth in the idea that drinking beer before wine gives you a milder hangover than the other way around", said Jöran Köchling, a researcher at Witten/Herdecke University and lead author of the study, in a statement. "We should all pay attention to these red flags when drinking", Kochling said in a Cambridge news release. All volunteers were kept under medical supervision overnight.

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.

Unfortunately, however, scientists have yet to find the ever-elusive "hangover cure" for which drinkers from time immemorial have been waiting.

The day after each trial, students were asked to rate the severity of their hangover symptoms - such as headache, fatigue, dizziness, thirst, and nausea - in a questionnaire. Factors including age, sex, body weight, drinking habits and hangover frequency also did not help predict hangover intensity - although vomiting and perceived drunkenness were associated with heavier hangovers (as most college students can confirm).

"Unpleasant as hangovers are, we should remember that they do have one important benefit", Hensel said.

Experts say the best way to avoid a brutal hangover is to drink in moderation. "They can help us learn from our mistakes".

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