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Does Drinking Beer Before Wine Really Prevent a Hangover?

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You’re at your local pub grabbing drinks with a few friends, but it’s a weekday night and you don’t want to go overboard. Everyone agrees to pass on the Don Julio shots and stick to beer and wine instead.

But when one of your pals orders a glass of Chardonnay and follows it up with an IPA, the old adage, “Beer before wine and you’ll feel fine; wine before beer and you’ll feel queer” comes to mind.

Read on to find out if it’s true before ordering one of these 15 Best Light Beers in America.

How legitimate is the saying?

These common cliches are frequently chanted, but is there any legitimacy to their claims? A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition sought to find out. Researchers divided 90 adults aged between 19 and 40 into three groups.

Group one drank beer until their breath alcohol concentration (BAC) reached 0.05 percent or above and then drank wine to BAC of 0.11 percent or above. Group two drank wine first and then followed it with beer until reaching the same BACs.

 Control group subjects imbibed either only beer or only wine.

 After about a week, group one and group two participants were switched to the opposite drinking order, and control group participants who drank only beer on the first intervention switched to solely wine on the second study day and vice versa. The drinkers’ hangover severity was assessed by the Acute Hangover Scale rating.

What were the results?

Debunking old folklore, the researchers were unable to find a direct correlation to prove that drinking beer before wine can prevent a hangover.

However, they do note that the darker the liquor, the more ly it is to wreak havoc on you the next day—which explains why bourbon causes a more severe hangover than vodka at the same alcohol concentration, the researchers state.

What’s more, the study addresses that your genes and how often you drink may play a bigger role than the order of the drinks you have regarding how severe your post-drinking hangover will be.

Because we have yet to find out the ultimate hangover cure-all, we won’t judge you for washing down a breakfast sandwich with Gatorade the next morning. However, a registered dietitian told us that drinking Pedialyte for your hangover might work a bit better.

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Video: Hangovers - is beer before wine better?

Beer before wine, or wine before beer; whatever the order, you’ll feel queer. That, at least, is the updated aphorism drinkers will have to embrace now scientists have proved that drink order has no effect on the magnitude of one’s hangover.

Under carefully-controlled lab conditions, British and German researchers plied 90 volunteers with beer and wine to find out once and for all whether hangovers are worsened by the order in which drinks are necked.

“Everyone knows the saying, “beer before wine and you’ll feel fine; wine before beer and you’ll feel queer”,” said Kai Hensel, a senior clinical fellow at Cambridge University. “We thought there must be something in it, how can we test it?”

The volunteers, aged 19 to 40, were given a standardised meal tailored to their individual energy requirements and then split into three groups.

The first drank about two and a half pints of lager followed by four large glasses of white wine. The second group had the same drinks but in reverse order.

The third group had only beer or wine up to the same breath alcohol concentration. Everyone drank up to 0.11%, so they had the same alcohol level in their systems.

Researchers monitored the drinkers throughout the session and quizzed them on how drunk they felt. Before bed, each got a glass of water, with the size depending on their bodyweight.

After a night under medical supervision, the groggy-headed participants were asked about their hangovers and scored on the acute hangover scale, which ranks factors such as thirst, fatigue, headache, dizziness, nausea, stomach ache, a fast heart rate and loss of appetite.

A week later, the volunteers came back and did it all again. This time, those who drank beer before wine on their first visit started on the wine, and vice versa. Those in the control groups also switched, so the beer drinkers had wine on the second visit, and the wine drinkers had beer. The beer was donated by Carlsberg, who had no other involvement in the study.

The participants reeled off a rich list of hangover symptoms and about one in ten threw up. But the results, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed that the order drinks were consumed in had no impact on “hangover intensity”.

“We debunked the saying, it’s not true,” said Hensel. “You’re going to be the same whatever order you drink these beverages in.” He stressed that the study only compared beer with white wine, and did not include red wine, spirits or dark beers.

“The truth is that drinking too much of any alcoholic drink is ly to result in a hangover,” said Jöran Köchling, the first author on the study from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. “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.”

Richard Stephens, a Keele University psychologist who has studied hangovers, said the finding was no surprise. “Hangovers are mostly down to the quantity you drink,” he said.

“But there is some research that darker drinks give more severe hangovers because they contain compounds called congeners. They add flavour and character, but it’s thought they can have unpleasant side effects.

” He said hangovers appear to be a miserable combination of inflammation, dehydration and low blood sugar levels.

Hensel, a paediatrician and geneticist, said the study was intended to show how rigorous science could provide a concrete answer to a specific, if humorous, question. “We wanted to do a sophisticated gag which has now gone way over the top,” he said.

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Liquor before beer? You will still feel terrible, new study says

Video: Hangovers - is beer before wine better?

  • The order in which you drink bears no reference to the severity of your hangover says new study.
  • Ninety people were split into three different groups before drinking beer and wine in prescribed order.
  • In previous studies, women were found to suffer more than men.

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“Beer before liquor, never been sicker; liquor before beer, you're in the clear” is a well-worn phrase backing the belief that you can avoid a hangover if you take drinks in the “right” order.

But a new medical study has concluded that the threat of a crushing hangover cannot be removed by making sure that beer comes before, or after, wine.

The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on Friday, went further claiming that hangovers were also not made more bearable by sticking to one type of drink thereby debunking another of the barfly's favorite: “Grape or grain but never the twain.”

The experiment broke up 90 people into three groups before the drinking began. Factors included size, age and gender.

The beer, a Carlsberg Pilsner lager, held an alcohol content of 5 percent and was, served cold. A 2015 Edelgrafler white wine with an alcohol content of 11.1 percent, was served at the same temperature.

One group consumed two-and-a-half pints of beer followed by four large glasses of white wine. The second group consumed the same, but in the opposite order.

The third group drank either only beer or only wine, but with matching alcohol levels.

A week later, the study groups were asked to come back and drink in reverse order, or in the case of the third group, to switch beverages.

Hangover severity was judged by Acute Hangover Scale (AHS) rating on the day following each drinking session.

According to the study, changing the order of the drinks made no little to difference to the pain or discomfort of those in the medical trial and sticking to one or the other drink offered little AHS change either.

It was noted that women in the groups tended to suffer more than men.

While debunking some old myths the conclusion of the paper did suggest that there were important benefits of a symptomatic hangover calling it “a protective warning sign that will certainly have aided humans over the ages to modify future behavior, and hence pass on this evolutionary advantage to next generations.”

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Beer before wine – can we avoid hangovers that way? | OUPblog

Video: Hangovers - is beer before wine better?

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, many dread the incapacitated hangover of the day after – when the nausea hits you and you cannot do anything but lay in bed and every movement worsens your pounding headache. Wouldn’t it be helpful to have ways to lessen the burden of alcohol-induced hangover?

A hangover is a complex of symptoms following an evening of heavy drinking that includes thirstiness, fatigue, headache, nausea, and dizziness. Even though we are more than familiar with its symptoms, scientists still don’t fully understand all the mechanisms that lead to alcohol-induced hangover and medical remedies are yet to be found.

Some would advise not to drink at all, but on a day St. Patrick’s Day, for many, that’s not a valid option.

Others endorsing tactical drinking often relay on old-aged wisdom such as “Beer before liquor, you’ve never been sicker – Liquor before beer, you’re in the clear!” or “Beer before wine, and you’ll feel fine – Wine before beer and you’ll feel queer!” The Irish would probably suggest just sticking with their tasty dry stout. But is there any evidence for the idea that the order in which you drink alcoholic beverages can affect how you feel the next day?

In a recent study, German researchers undertook a randomized clinical trial to test the effect of the order of beer and wine consumption on the next day’s hangover severity. The researchers enrolled 90 volunteers and matched them for gender, age, height, weight, drinking habits, and hangover frequency, before randomizing them into three groups – two study groups and one control group.

Participants in study group 1 enjoyed Carlsberg premium Pilsner up to a breath alcohol concentration of 0.05% (the legal driving limit in Germany) and were then switched to white wine until they reached a happy 0.11%.

Study group 2’s regimen was the other way around. On average, each volunteer consumed three large beers plus almost a bottle of wine in each study group. A third group, the controls, drank either just beer or just wine.

Researchers assessed hangover severity the next morning when breath alcohol concentrations had returned to zero. After a clear out phase of one week, volunteers returned for a second evening and switched their alcohol consumption regimen.

Interestingly, the team did not find any truth in the old folklore indicating that drinking beer before wine would lead to a milder hangover, undermining all efforts of tactical drinking. Women reported slightly worse hangovers compared to men, but neither age, sex, body weight, nor even drinking experience were good predictors for how severe the hangover was the next morning.

On a side note, for the whiskey lovers – be warned. An earlier study compared bourbon vs. vodka, showing that less distilled whiskey significantly worsens hangover severity the next day. Since the study did not cover Irish single malt whiskey, that might be worth a try – in the spirit of this holiday.

For now, the authors conclude that only that perceived drunkenness and the personal gut feeling—in its truest meaning—are good predictors of the hangover the following day. And they remind us that a hangover is an important body reaction, telling us that excessive drinking is unhealthy.

Featured image credit: South Rims Wine and Beer by Scottb211. CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons. 


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There is an age-old belief that if you are drinking alcohol, you should always drink beer before wine but never the other way round to avoid a more unpleasant hangover.

Many languages have their own sayings about which type of alcoholic beverage should be drunk first to avoid the worst consequences; “Grape or grain, but never the twain” in English, while Germans claim “Wein auf Bier, das rat’ ich Dir—Bier auf Wein, das lass’ sein” and the French say “Bière sur vin est venin, vin sur bière est belle manière”. But despite this widespread belief, there has been very little formal investigation of whether it is true or just a myth.

A new study published today in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition sought to finally find out whether there is any truth in these popular sayings. But why?

“A clear result in favor of one particular order could help to reduce hangovers and help many people have a better day after a night out – though we encourage people to drink responsibly,” said Dr. Kai Hensel, a senior clinical fellow at the University of Cambridge and senior author of the study.

The study took over two years to plan and get approved and nearly 300 brave people volunteered to get drunk for science, with 90 ultimately passing the selection criteria and completing all parts of the study. Participants were split randomly into three study groups: The first drank beer then wine, the second drank wine then beer and the third group had people drinking exclusively wine or beer, with no mixing.

“We wanted to see if we could do a study that people will find amusing, that will make science fun, but making sure we are completely rigorous in what we do,” said Hensel.

The researchers then asked people to report how drunk they felt, scoring themselves between 0 and 10 at the end of each study day and also noted whether they vomited or not. Participants then rated their hangover the next day, using the Acute Hangover Scale, which is factors including thirst, fatigue, headache, dizziness, nausea, stomach ache, increased heart rate and loss of appetite.

Contradicting the numerous sayings, the study concluded that there was no difference in hangover score irrespective of the order in which beer or wine was consumed. It did, however, reveal that perceived drunkenness and vomiting during the study were associated with a stronger chance of drinkers experiencing a heavier 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,” said Hensel.

The participants were given a lot of alcohol, two-and-a-half pints of beer and four large glasses of wine, far more than is recommended as healthy by guidelines from most countries and would be considered “binge drinking.”

“We had consent from the ethics committee, who were at first quite skeptical about it. We don’t give them more than they would drink on their own and they even get medical supervision. Everyone volunteered and were healthy, young and would have drunk on their own anyway,” said Hensel.

Despite the more jovial nature of the research subject, the study was meticulously designed. All participants drank exactly the same types of lager beer and white wine and after their alcohol drinking was complete, they were given a drink of water, the amount of which was measured relative to their body weight before going to sleep in the lab under medical supervision.

“This is an interesting study, which was well designed to examine popular sayings about alcohol effects. The results could have been expected, as beer and wine mix in your stomach/gastrointestinal tract during the drinking session.

As a result, the sequence beer/wine or wine/beer is not ly to have an impact on next-day alcohol hangovers,” said Joris Verster, Associate Professor at Utrecht University's Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences and Founder of the international Alcohol Hangover Research Group.

Although the study was reasonably light-hearted in nature, Hensel believes that hangovers might, in some way at least, be there to try and help us.

“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 behavior. In other words, they can help us learn from our mistakes,” said Hensel.

The important question is, do any of us pay attention to what our hangovers are trying to tell us?


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Should you start with a beer and then have some wine, or is it more prudent to do it the other way around? Buzz60’s Tony Spitz has the details.

Many people — from all around the world — will have heard different myths about drinking and curing hangovers.

They range from the “hair of the dog,” the belief that the best cure for a hangover is to have another drink, to the greasy morning-after meal that supposedly “soaks up” the alcohol.

Lots of people do believe in hangover remedies and prevention strategies, but these are rarely backed up by research.

One such belief concerns the strength of the alcohol consumed. Some believe that it is “better” to start with a drink lower in alcohol volume, such as beer, and continue with higher-volume alcohol, such as wine, to avoid getting a hangover.

Does such a claim withstand rigorous research? Scientists at the Witten/Herdecke University in Germany — in collaboration with the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom — set out to examine the literal truth behind the saying, “Beer before wine and you’ll feel fine; wine before beer and you’ll feel queer.”

To do so, the researchers examined the effects that drinking beer and wine in different orders had on 90 study participants who were all 19–40 years old.

Dr. Kai Hensel, a senior clinical fellow at the University of Cambridge, is the senior author of the new study paper, and Jöran Köchling is its first author.

No truth to ‘beer before wine is better’

Dr. Hensel and his team divided the 90 participants into three groups. One group drank around 2.5 pints of beer and then four large glasses of wine, while the second group started with the glasses of wine and then drank the beers.

There was also a third (control) group that drank either beer or wine. 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 scientists asked the participants to self-report on their level of drunkenness using a scale from 0 to 10 at the end of each drinking session.

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.”

Overall, the three groups had a similar hangover intensity, and the order of drinking did not make a difference. Women, however, had worse hangovers than men.

As Köchling reports, “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.”

Dr. Hensel also comments on the findings, saying, “[A] 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.”

“Unfortunately, we found that there was no way to avoid the inevitable hangover just by favoring one order over another.” – Dr. Kai Hensel

“But this study,” he goes on, “was also about showing, in a public-friendly manner, how a rigorously conducted study can provide a solid answer to a specific question and be engaging at the same time.”

“We hope,” he explains, “it will help inspire [the] next generation of young doctors and researchers to be engaged in a research-driven environment.”

In the United States, 1 in 6 adults engage in binge drinking about four times per month, with men being twice as ly as women to binge drink.