Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
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Drinking beer before switching to wine does not prevent hangover

Drinking beer before switching to wine does not prevent hangover

If you've attempted to "feel fine" by always drinking beer before wine, it may have all been for naught.

While you may not be able to prevent a hangover by drinking alcohol in a certain order, you should be sure to cut yourself some slack the next day.

Dr. Kai Hensel, a senior clinical fellow at the University of Cambridge, is the senior author of the new study paper, and Jöran Köchling is its first author.

Wine before beer? You'll still feel queer. 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).

All participants were asked to self-assess how drunk they were at the end of each experiment via a questionnaire. The other two groups drank beer then wine or wine then beer.

The second group consumed the same drinks but in reverse order.

The two study groups were switched after an interval of more than one week, and so were the control group beverages.

Rather, drinking too much alcohol of any kind - and in any order - will likely give you a hangover, the study researchers conclude.

The study showed that the order in which different alcoholic drinks were consumed had no significant effect on the severity of the hangover the following day.


In both trials, the students were medically supervised overnight and given water before bed.

In conclusion, the researchers said their findings debunk age-old myths regarding drinking beer and wine in a particular order and that drinkers should instead focus on how intoxicated they think they are and whether they feel sick to gauge their hangover the next day.

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 following day they reported how intense their hangovers were, measuring them by scoring their thirst, fatigue, headache and nausea levels.

The study found that changing the order of the beverages made no significant difference to the hangovers and that it was also hard to predict the intensity of a hangover even with given information like your age and weight.

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

However, the study did find that women suffered slightly worse hangovers than men. Multivariate regression analyses revealed perceived drunkenness and vomiting as the strongest predictors for hangover intensity.

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".

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

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