Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Beer Before Wine? Turns Out It Doesn't Matter

Beer Before Wine? Turns Out It Doesn't Matter

In the first study group, volunteers drank beer, followed by wine.

Ninety participants aged 19-40 y (mean age 23.9), 50% female, were included (study group 1 n = 31, study group 2 n = 31, controls n = 28).

The trials were unable to predict the intensity of hangovers based on factors such as age, weight, or how often a subject drank, but they did find female participants metabolized alcohol differently than their male counterparts.

One group drank around two and a half pints of lager, followed by four large glasses of white wine.

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

Scientists from the Herdecke University, Germany, and the University of Cambridge said the order of the two drinks made no difference to the severity of hangovers felt by participants.

Köchling added: "The truth is that drinking too much of any alcoholic drink is likely to result in a hangover".

Just in time for the weekend, a new study released Thursday showed that the order in which one drinks beer or wine does not impact the severity of a hangover. All volunteers were kept under medical supervision overnight. 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 next day, the team assessed the acuteness of the participants' hangover using an 8-item scale that included the hangover markers "thirst, fatigue, headache, dizziness, nausea, stomach ache, tachycardia, and loss of appetite".

Research published by two leading British and German universities has debunked the myth "beer before wine and you'll feel fine; wine before beer and you'll feel queer".

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.

And as cruel as they may seem, hangovers serve an important goal, according to the study's authors. "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.

Dr. Hensel also comments on the findings, saying, "A$3 clear result in favor of one particular order could help to reduce hangovers and help many people have a better day after a long night out".

In this multiarm, parallel randomized controlled matched-triplet crossover open-label interventional trial, participants were matched into triplets and randomly assigned according to age, gender, body composition, alcohol drinking habits, and hangover frequency.

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

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