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Drinking beer before wine won't prevent a hangover

10 February 2019

Participants were plied with more alcohol at a later date, with the first two groups switching to the opposite drinking regimen, while the third group drank only wine or beer depending on what they had consumed the week before.

The study included 90 German students between the ages of 19 and 40 years, who are now studying medicine or psychology. Hangovers are likely to be influenced by ingredients other than pure alcohol, such as colourings and flavourings, it is therefore suggested that dark spirits such as rum and Bourbon may cause a more severe hangover than vodka. Well, it's not true, a new study finds.

"Beer before wine, you'll be fine; wine before beer, you'll feel queer". One group drank about two-and-a-half pints of beer followed by four large glasses of wine. During the drinking task, the participants were asked to rate their perceived level of drunkness. The final group drank only beer or wine.

The second group had the same amount of alcohol, but in reverse order.

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A week later, participants in study groups one and two were switched to the opposite drinking order.

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. The control group had beer one week and wine the next.

Those who drank only beer the first time in the third group received only wine during the second round, and vice versa. All remained under medical supervision the night after their drinking sessions.

So while there are ways to prevent a hangover (like not drinking as much or simply not drinking at all) you can definitely nurse yourself back to your pre-hangover health with these 10 foods and drinks.

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The participants had similar hangover scores regardless of what they drank first or last.

Changing the order of drinks made no significant difference to hangover scores, which were measured using a questionnaire, the study found.

The researchers recruited 90 volunteers between the ages of 19 and 40 to drink beer, wine or both. "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. "We should all pay attention to these red flags when drinking".

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

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"One should be mindful of the important benefits of a symptomatic hangover-a protective warning sign that will certainly have aided humans over the ages to modify future behaviour, and hence pass on this evolutionary advantage to next generations". "They can help us learn from our mistakes".

Drinking beer before wine won't prevent a hangover