No, Drinking 'Beer Before Wine' Won't Prevent a Hangover, Study Finds

FILE Glass of wine beer and whisky on a bar

Those in the third, control group consumed either only beer or only wine.

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

They range from the "hair of the dog", the belief that the best cure for a hangover is to have another drink, to the greasy morning-after meal that supposedly "soaks up" the alcohol.

Scientists in the United Kingdom and Germany have joined forces to answer an age-old mystery: whether the expression "beer before wine and you'll feel fine; wine before beer and you'll feel queer" has any merit.

The people in the first group drank only beer, those in group two only wine. The students were split into two groups of 31, as well as a control group of 28.

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The other group drank the same amount in the opposite order.

Participants were asked to conduct the experiment again a week later with the first and second study groups switching to the opposite drinking order.

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.

But new research suggests that rule is a myth, and the order in which you drink different alcohol won't make a bit of difference to your hangover. They were then kept under medical supervision overnight.

A joint study by researchers from the Witten/Herdecke University in Germany and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom put the old sayings to the test, using 90 volunteers split into three groups. Instead, people sometimes rely on such unproven folk sayings as "wine before beer"; or "grape or grain but never the twain"; or "beer before liquor, never been sicker".

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The day after each trial, students were asked to rate the severity of their hangover symptoms - such as headache, fatigue, dizziness, thirst, and nausea - in a questionnaire.

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.

Jöran Köchling, from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany, who was the first author of the paper, said: "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".

As Köchling reports, "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".

"Unfortunately, we found that there was no way to avoid the inevitable hangover just by favouring one order over another", senior study author Dr. Kai Hensel, a senior clinical fellow at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, said in the statement.

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"In other words, they can help us learn from our mistakes".

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