– EN Fitness & Wellbeing – You may have heard the age-old saying, “Beer before wine and you’ll feel fine; wine before beer and you’ll feel queer.”
However, scientists have now found that idea to be a myth and asserted that it doesn’t matter how you order your drinks – if you drink too much, you’re still likely to be ill.
For their study, investigators from the U.K.’s University of Cambridge and Witten/Herdecke University in Germany recruited 90 volunteers, aged between 19 and 40, with the participants split into three groups. The first group consumed around two and a half pints of beer followed by four large glasses of wine. The second group consumed the same amounts of alcohol, but in reverse order. Subjects in the third, a control group, consumed either only beer or only wine.
A week later, participants in study groups one and two were switched to the opposite drinking order, and were asked about their wellbeing at regular intervals, with the researchers finding that none of the three groups had a significantly different hangover score with different orders of alcoholic drinks.
“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,” said first author Joran Kochling. “The truth is that drinking too much of any alcoholic drink is likely to result in a hangover. 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.”
Women tended to have slightly worse hangovers than men. And while neither blood and urine tests, nor factors such as age, sex, body weight, drinking habits, and hangover frequency, helped to predict hangover intensity, vomiting and perceived drunkenness were associated with a heavier hangover.
“Unpleasant as hangovers are, we should remember that they do have one important benefit, at least: they are a protective warning sign that will certainly have aided humans over the ages to change their future behaviour. In other words, they can help us learn from our mistakes,” Dr. Kai Hensel added.
Full study results have been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.