Beer Before Wine? Turns Out It Doesn't Matter

10 February, 2019, 19:28 | Author: Lillian Steele
  • Can beer drinking before wine prevent hangover? Scientists shatter the myth

A third group acted as a control group and had only beer or wine.

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. Two, controls could not be found who were willing to participate in a study on drinking alcohol by abstaining.

We've all heard the saying "wine before beer, you should fear; beer before wine, you'll feel fine" - but it turns out they're not words to live by.

The first group drank two-and-a-half pints of lager followed by four large glasses of white wine and the second group had the same amount but in reverse order. The participants within each groups were roughly matched with respect to age, body mass index and previous drinking habits.

Volunteers were split into three groups.

The following week, the first two groups mixed up the order in which they drank and the third group (the control group) switched their alcohol choice.

The findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed no matter how the drinks were ordered, a person who drank too much was still likely to be ill.

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You'll suffer the next day if you drink too much, regardless of how you sequence your drinks, according to researchers at Witten/Herdecke University in Germany and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. A week later, the participants in the study groups that had both beer and wine reversed the order of drinking, and those who drank only wine the first time had beer the second time, and vice versa.

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. All remained under medical supervision the night after their drinking sessions. The next day, participants were asked about their hangover symptoms; and they were given a score based on the number and severity of those symptoms, such as thirst, fatigue, headache, dizziness, nausea, stomach ache, increased heart rate and loss of appetite.

The researchers found that none of the three groups had a significantly different hangover score with different orders of alcoholic drinks, but women did tend to have slightly worse hangovers than men.

You may have subscribed to this old adage in the past when drinking alcohol, in the hope of avoiding a hangover the next day.

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

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

Dr Kai Hensel, a senior clinical fellow at the University of Cambridge and senior author of the study, added: "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".

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