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

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

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

The third group of students was given only beer or only wine.

But a new study has refuted the idea that the order we have alcoholic drinks in affects the severity of a hangover.

You may have subscribed to this old adage in the past when drinking alcohol, in the hope of avoiding a hangover the next day. The first group consumed about two and a half pints of beer (with an alcohol content of 5 percent each) followed by four large glasses of wine (with an alcohol content of 11 percent each).

However, as unpleasant as they are, hangovers do serve a goal - experts say they are nature's warning system to encourage us to drink less.

In addition to the English "Grape or grain, but never the twain", Germans say "Wein auf Bier, das rat' ich Dir-Bier auf Wein, das lass' sein" (Wine after beer, I recommend it; beer after wine, let it be), and the French say "Bière sur vin est venin, vin sur bière est belle manière" (Beer after wine is poison, wine after beer is the attractive way).

European researchers have bad news for the 76% of Americans who experience hangovers after a drinking session: Try as you may to change up the order of your alcoholic beverages, if you drink too much, you will still be hungover. The participants were ages 19 to 40, recruited by Germany's Witten/Herdecke University, and divvied into three groups. The second group consumed the same amount of alcohol, but in reverse order (wine followed by beer).

Researchers found that none of the three groups experienced significantly different hangover scores when the alcoholic drinks we re-ordered.

The following morning, they were then asked about their hangover and given a score from 0 to 56 on the Acute Hangover Scale, based on factors including thirst, fatigue, headache, dizziness and nausea. (Those who consumed beer first on the initial visit consumed wine first on the second visit, and vice versa.) Participants in the third group who drank only beer on the first visit drank only wine on the second visit, and vice versa.

Asked about the reasons for conducting the study, he said: "Firstly, 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".

Dr Kai Hensel, senior author of the study from the University of Cambridge, said ridding yourself of alcohol meant less of it would be absorbed into the body, which might make you feel better 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".

'We should all pay attention to these red flags when drinking'.

The study suggests that regardless of what order you drink that glass of wine and pint of beer in, you're probably still going to feel ill the next day.