Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Beer before wine and you'll feel fine? Not necessarily

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Melissa Porter | 10 February, 2019, 19:26

Beer before wine, you'll feel fine, wine before beer, you'll feel queer.

For this advancement of science, we have to thank 90 courageous volunteers, aged 19 to 40, who were split into three groups: The first group consumed around two and a half pints of beer followed by four large glasses of wine; the second consumed the same amounts of beer and wine, only in reverse order.

The type of alcohol you consume or the order in which you drink alcoholic beverages have no effect on your hangover, it simply comes down to the quantity. Well, it's not true, a new study finds.

The results, published Thursday in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, show no difference in the intensity of the hangover brought on by drinking wine first followed by beer or the other way around.

In total, the study group volunteers drank an average of 2.5 pints of lager (beer), and four glasses of white wine. The third group drank only beer or only wine.

The test was then repeated a week later but the order in which each group consumed their drinks was reversed, and the control group drank whichever alcohol they hadn't had the first time.

A week later, participants in the first two groups switched around, while those in the control group changed to the other alcoholic drink.

But a group of scientists now have said that's not true: The order in which drinks are consumed doesn't affect a hangover.

The study suggests that regardless of what order you drink that glass of wine and pint of beer in, you're probably still going to feel ill the next day. All volunteers were kept under medical supervision overnight. But wine before beer?

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".

Two factors did seem to predict the severity of symptoms the day after: how drunk people felt while they were drinking and whether they vomited. "We should all pay attention to these red flags when drinking", he went on.

However, the study did find that women suffered slightly worse hangovers than men.

"Unfortunately, we found that there was no way to avoid the inevitable hangover just by favouring one order over another". This amount would produce a hangover, but not one so severe that the participants would not take part in the study the next week.

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.

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