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


This statement was confirmed by a recent study.

For the study, the researchers divided 90 volunteers, aged 19 to 40, into three groups.

The third drank only wine or beer. The participants within each groups were roughly matched with respect to age, body mass index and previous drinking habits. Subjects in a third control group consumed only beer or wine up to a blood alcohol level of 0.11%.

The second group had the same amount of alcohol, but in reverse order. Both groups drank to the point of moderate to severe intoxication over several hours, that is, a breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) of 0.11%.

This way, the groups were not only compared with each other, but each participant was their own control too. The first had around two-and-a-half pints of beer and then four large glasses of white wine.

One of the study's findings was that those who vomited were more likely to have a bad hangover.

All participants finally drank cold water before going to sleep. After a week, the first two groups switched their drinks. Primary endpoint was hangover severity assessed by Acute Hangover Scale rating on the day following each intervention. This was the primary endpoint.

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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.

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". Secondary endpoints were factors associated with hangover intensity. These metrics are useful, as they reflect the physiology and tolerance of alcohol of the individual. "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", Jöran Köchling of Witten/Herdecke University told Fortune. "We should all pay attention to these red flags when drinking", Köchling said.

The researchers acknowledged limitations to their study.

The new study put these proverbs to the test.

"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 behaviour, and hence pass on this evolutionary advantage to next generations".

The results pointed to the same result: there's no truth to the order of drinks making a difference to your hangover. If you feel drunk, stop drinking.

So while there are ways to prevent a hangover (like not drinking as much or simply not drinking at all) you can definitely nurse yourself back to your pre-hangover health with these 10 foods and drinks.