Beer before wine, you'll feel fine? Not according to a new study

Beer before wine, you'll feel fine? Not according to a new study

Beer before wine, you'll feel fine? Not according to a new study

Subjects in the third control group consumed either only beer or only wine.

The study included 90 German students between the ages of 19 and 40 years, who are now studying medicine or psychology.

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.

The new study put these proverbs to the test.

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".

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Group 1 drank around two-and-a-half pints of lager, followed by four large glasses of white wine. One drank beer and then wine, another wine and then beer and a third drank only beer or wine.

The other group drank the same amount in the opposite order. 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.

It doesn't matter whether you stick to only beer or drink just wine or even alternate the two - you're still going to wake up with a hangover.

In both trials, the students were medically supervised overnight and given water before bed. The control group had beer one week and wine the next.

The next day, the students were asked to grade their hangovers, taking into consideration thirst, fatigue, headache, dizziness, and nausea.

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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.

The research, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that none of the three groups had a significantly different hangover score with different orders of alcoholic drinks.

A joint study by researchers from the Witten/Herdecke University in Germany and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom put the old sayings to the test, using 90 volunteers split into three groups. "We should all pay attention to these red flags when drinking", concluded lead author of the study, Jöran Köchling.

One of the study's findings was that those who vomited were more likely to have a bad hangover.

Dr Kai Hensel, a senior clinical fellow at the University of Cambridge and senior author of the study, said: "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 behaviour". "They can help us learn from our mistakes".

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