Scientists conclude ‘beer before wine’ saying is a myth

Modesto Morganelli
Febbraio 8, 2019

A third group acted as a control group and had only beer or wine. This time, people drank in the reverse order: Those who had started with beer on the first day were given wine this time, those who had started with wine were given beer first, and those who had drunk only beer were given wine and vice versa.

Volunteers were split into three groups. The first group drank two and a half pints of beer followed by four large glasses of white wine (big night, lads?), the second drank the same but with the wine first, and the third had only beer or only wine.

But more importantly, the next day the participants were asked about their hangover and given a score on a devised hangover scale, based on factors including thirst, fatigue, headache, dizziness, stomach ache, nausea, loss of appetite, and an increased heart rate.

The participants were then kept under medical supervision overnight.

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.

"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 Jöran Köchling, a researcher at Witten/Herdecke University and lead author of the study, in a statement.

"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".

Old folk wisdom such as "grape or grain, but never the twain" exists in several languages. For example, they couldn't assign a control group to drink beer or wine without alcohol, as the participants in an alcohol study were not interested in being in a non-alcoholic group.

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 added: 'Unfortunately, we found that there was no way to avoid the inevitable hangover just by favouring one order over another'.

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