Does the Order of Drinking Affect Hangovers?


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People from all across the world have heard different myths about wine and the hangovers it causes. The treatments of this hangover have been a subject of interest for a lot of people.

While some people believe having another drink will treat the hangover, others believe consuming morning-after meal to cure it.

While a lot of people have a firm belief in the prevention and remedies of this hangover, most of these tips are not backed up by solid scientific proof.

Among such beliefs revolves around the potency of the alcohol to be consumed. Dome believes it to be better when you start drinking beverages with a little volume of alcohol like beer, followed by the consumption of highly alcoholic drinks like wine as this prevents hangovers.

Does science support this claim? The scientists of Germany in collaboration with those from the United Kingdom set off to find answers to the statement: “having a beer before wine will make you feel better while doing vice versa will leave you feeling queer.

In order to do it, the researchers investigated the effects exerted by drinking wine and beer in 90 individuals with ages between 19 to 40 years.

The findings of this study can be found by clicking here.

No Truth to the Statement

The lead author of the study divided the 90 participants into three different groups. One of the groups drank 2.5 pints of beer followed by 4 large wine glasses. The second group did the same in reverse order.

The third and the last group was the control group that drank one of the two drinks. A week later, the people drinking both beer and wine reversed their order while the third group was switched to the other drink i.e. if they were drinking beer before, they started drinking wine.

The scientists instructed the individuals to report about their level of drunkenness from 0 to 10 after every drinking session. The very next day, the acuteness of the hangovers shown by participants was assessed with the help of an 8-item scale.

This 8-item scale included markers like nausea, dizziness, tachycardia, headache, loss of appetite, stomach pain, fatigue, and thirst.

The hangover intensity in all three groups of participants was found to be the same. The order in which they drank was not found to make any difference. The scientists, however, found that women tended to suffer from more hangovers as compared to men.

The scientists were unfortunate enough to not find any way of avoiding the hangovers by changing the order in which people drink. They, however, insist on how this study has proven that research conducted rigorously can provide solid answers to a particular question while maintaining the level of engagement.

The investigators hope that it will inspire the next generations of researchers and doctors to promote an environment driven by research.

In the United States alone, one out of every 6 individuals is said to binge drink at least 4 times a month with men twice as likely involved it as compared to women.


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Samantha Issac
Samantha is a graduate of Medicine with masters in Public Health. Most of her writings are in medicinal tools, technology, and treatments. In addition to that, she is a freelance healthcare writer based in the USA.

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