How likely are you to have a hangover after a night of drinking? Does changing the order of different drinks helps control hangover? Does having more than one type of drink increase the chances of one? New research has found the answers. European researchers have found that try as you may to change the order of your alcoholic beverages, if you drink too much, you will still be hungover.
With the goal of helping people find a way to prevent or minimize hangover, the researchers recruited 90 subjects in Germany between the ages of 19 and 40 to drink beer, wine or both. One group drank 2½ pints of beer, followed by four large glasses of wine. The second group drank the four glasses of wine first, then the 2½ pints of beer. A third group drank only beer or only wine. Everyone was kept under medical supervision overnight. The research has been reported on CNN.com.
The researchers then let the alcohol flush out and people recover, and a week later, they brought everybody back for a second day of drinking. This time, people drank in the reverse order: Those who had started with beer on the first day were given wine this time, those who had started with wine were given beer first, and those who had drunk only beer were given wine and vice versa.
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.
"We didn't find any truth in the idea that drinking beer before wine gives you a milder hangover than the other way around," said Jöran Köchling, a researcher at Witten/Herdecke University and lead author of the study, in a statement.
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. The people who scored themselves higher on the 1 to 10 how-drunk-are-you scale at the end of the night and those who threw up at any point were the ones most likely to rate their hangover as severe.
If were ever hung upon learning more about hangover, now you have the answers.