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

Wine first or beer, drinks cost you dear

In English-speaking countries "Beer before wine and you'll feel fine; wine before beer and you'll feel queer", are common adages, with German and French equivalents.

While you may not be able to prevent a hangover by drinking alcohol in a certain order, you should be sure to cut yourself some slack the next day. Well, it's not true, a new study finds.

Speaking about the study, Jöran Köchling, one of the authors of the study said, "We didn't find any truth in the idea that drinking beer before wine gives you a milder hangover than the other way around".

In total, the study group volunteers drank an average of 2.5 pints of lager (beer), and four glasses of white wine. During the drinking task, the participants were asked to rate their perceived level of drunkness.

The third drank only wine or beer.

Those polled were split into three different groups and tasked with drinking large amounts of alcohol.

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

But a group of scientists now have said that's not true: The order in which drinks are consumed doesn't affect a hangover.

Those who drank only beer the first time in the third group received only wine during the second round, and vice versa.

In conclusion, the researchers said their findings debunk age-old myths regarding drinking beer and wine in a particular order and that drinkers should instead focus on how intoxicated they think they are and whether they feel sick to gauge their hangover the next day. The control group switched their drinks. All remained under medical supervision the night after their drinking sessions.

"Unfortunately, we found that there was no way to avoid the inevitable hangover just by favouring one order over another".

The next day, the students were asked to grade their hangovers, taking into consideration thirst, fatigue, headache, dizziness, and nausea.

And although the amount of alcohol that brings on a hangover varies by person, a hangover often means you've gone over what is considered by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be moderate drinking: one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.

However, as unpleasant as they are, hangovers do serve a objective - experts say they are nature's warning system to encourage us to drink less.

Dr Kai Hensel, a senior clinical fellow at the University of Cambridge and senior author of the study, added: "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". "They can help us learn from our mistakes".



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