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

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

Control-group subjects who drank only beer on the first intervention received only wine on the second study day (and vice versa).

Only two factors predicted the severity of a person's hangover: that person's "perceived drunkenness" score and whether the person vomited after the drinking task. The participants within each groups were roughly matched with respect to age, body mass index and previous drinking habits.

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.

A week later, participants in the first two groups switched around, while those in the control group changed to the other alcoholic drink.

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. According to the BBC, one group drank two-and-a-half pints of beer followed by four glasses of white wine.

90 volunteers were assigned to drink large amounts of alcohol in various orders.

The next day, each subject assessed the severity of the hangover using the Acute Hangover Scale, which included symptoms like headache, dizziness, nausea and tiredness.

Instead, hangover intensity was best predicted by whether the patients themselves felt that they were getting drunk, or if they threw up during their drinking. These metrics are useful, as they reflect the physiology and tolerance of alcohol of the individual.

The results showed that no matter what order you knock back your drinks in - if you have too much, you will pay the price for it the next day. "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.

The old wives' rhymes we tell ourselves about responsible alcohol consumption have basically nothing to do with reality, a new study on drinking has found.

"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".

Colourings and flavourings may also make hangovers worse, which might explain why drinks of the same concentration can cause a more severe hangover. If you feel drunk, stop drinking.

Many folks have long said the order in which different types of drinks are consumed will affect one's hangover - in England, for example, there's the saying, "Grape or grain, but never the twain".

The study, published in the February issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, was inspired by researchers wondering whether the rhymes regarding drinking have any basis in reality.