Order in which you drink booze makes no difference to your hangover

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You know the old adage: "Beer before wine, you'll be fine; wine before beer, sick for a year".

Determined to find a way to help people have a better day after a night out, the researchers recruited 90 courageous soulsin Germany between the ages of 19 and 40 to drink beer, wine or both.

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. According to the BBC, one group drank two-and-a-half pints of beer followed by four glasses of white wine.

They were asked to refrain from drinking alcohol in the week preceding each binge and were handed out standardised meals, calculated to their individual needs based on gender and age.

The third drank only wine or beer.

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The second group consumed the same amount of alcohol, but in reverse order. On a second intervention day (crossover) ≥1 wk later, study-group subjects were switched to the opposite drinking order.

Researchers Germany's Witten/Herdecke University split a group of 90 volunteers into three groups.

But a new study has refuted the idea that the order we have alcoholic drinks in affects the severity of a hangover.

In both trials, the students were medically supervised overnight and given water before bed.

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".

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"We clearly showed that the saying is wrong, at least for white wine and lager beer", says medical scientist Kai Hensel, who led the experiment in Witten.

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. Multivariate regression analyses revealed perceived drunkenness and vomiting as the strongest predictors for hangover intensity. "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 said. "We should all pay attention to these red flags when drinking".

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.

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". "They can help us learn from our mistakes".

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