Beer Before Wine Won't Make You Fine, Says Hangover Study

Red wine glass and glass of light beer

Red wine glass and glass of light beer

There was also a third (control) group that drank either beer or wine.

The study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, involved 90 German students between the ages of 19 and 40 being given alcoholic drinks in various orders. Two, controls could not be found who were willing to participate in a study on drinking alcohol by abstaining.

THURSDAY, Feb. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) - In drinking lore, it's said that having beer before wine, instead of the other way around, can help prevent a hangover.

The people in the first group drank only beer, those in group two only wine.

Participants were monitored while drinking.

The drinkers were split into three groups. The second group drank the same amounts, but in reverse order.

The following week, the first two groups mixed up the order in which they drank and the third group (the control group) switched their alcohol choice.

Washington D.C, February 8: European researchers have now said that try as you may to change up the order of your alcoholic beverages, if you indulge too much in drinks, you will still be hung-over.

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The sayings go: "Beer before wine and you'll feel fine; wine before beer and you'll feel queer", or "Grape or grain but never the twain", but a new study has debunked the popular wisdom on hangovers.

The researchers tested the students once, and then tested them again swapping their orders. The volunteers were asked to rate their hangovers based on common symptoms - fatigue, headache, nausea - and asked to rate their levels of drunkenness throughout a day's revelry.

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.

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.

"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", says first author Jöran Köchling from Witten/Herdecke University. This amount would produce a hangover, but not one so severe that the participants would not take part in the study the next week.

Dr Kai Hensel, a senior clinical fellow at Cambridge University and senior author of the study, added: "A clear result in favour of one particular order could help to reduce hangovers and help many people have a better day after a night out - though we encourage people to drink responsibly".

'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 may have subscribed to this old adage in the past when drinking alcohol, in the hope of avoiding a hangover the next day. "They can help us learn from our mistakes".

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