Beer before wine or wine before beer?

Maricruz Casares
Febrero 10, 2019

Beer before wine? You won't feel fine.

The volunteers, aged between 19 and 40 years old, were recruited and split 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.

The new study put these proverbs to the test.

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. One group drank around 2.5 pints of beer and then four large glasses of wine, while the second group started with the glasses of wine and then drank the beers.

They were asked to refrain from drinking alcohol in the week preceding each binge and were handed out standardised meals, calculated to their individual needs based on gender and age. 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.

It was discovered that, no matter what order drinks were drunk in, participants still reported the same hangover scores.

"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. A week later, the participants in the study groups that had both beer and wine reversed the order of drinking, and those who drank only wine the first time had beer the second time, and vice versa.

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

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 researchers found that none of the three groups had a significantly different hangover score with different orders of alcoholic drinks, although the women tended to have slightly worse hangovers than men.

However, in North America you're more likely to hear a saying encouraging drinkers to begin their nights with spirits before moving to beer if they want to avoid a dreaded hangover: "Beer before liquor, never been sicker; liquor before beer, you're in the clear".

'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.

"One should be mindful of the important benefits of a symptomatic hangover-a protective warning sign that will certainly have aided humans over the ages to modify future behavior". "We should all pay attention to these red flags when drinking", Köchling said.

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