BREAKING NEWS Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at her home in Washington, the court says. She was 87. Full Story
SEVERE WX : Frost Advisory - Freeze Warning View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

'Beer before wine, always fine'? Not really, hungover study participants say

European researchers have bad news for the 76% of Americans who experienc...

Posted: Feb 8, 2019 8:27 AM

European researchers have bad news for the 76% of Americans who experience hangovers after a drinking session: Try as you may to change up the order of your alcoholic beverages, if you drink too much, you will still be hungover.

Determined to find a way to help people have a better day after a night out, the researchers recruited 90 brave souls 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 researchers then let the alcohol wash out and people recover, and a week later -- still fueled by scientific curiosity and determined to find the right way to drink -- 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.

"The truth is that drinking too much of any alcoholic drink is likely to result in a hangover," Köchling said. "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. We should all pay attention to these red flags when drinking."

That's the thing about hangovers: If you ignore the red flags while you're drinking, headaches, dehydration, tiredness, sensitivity to light and stomach ailments will ensue.

And although the amount of alcohol that brings on a hangover varies by person, a hangover often means you've gone over what is considered by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be moderate drinking: one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.

The researchers acknowledged limitations to their study. 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.

And although they didn't find a way to drink that would help people feel better the day after, the researchers say hangovers are not always bad news.

"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 behavior," said Dr. Kai Hensel, a senior clinical fellow at the University of Cambridge and senior author of the study, in a statement. "In other words, they can help us learn from our mistakes."

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 447262

Reported Deaths: 33070
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Queens713927238
Kings665867312
Bronx524224939
Nassau459892199
Suffolk459152008
Westchester376721452
New York328923177
Richmond156661084
Rockland14698675
Orange11734498
Erie10833689
Monroe5839289
Dutchess5042153
Onondaga4158205
Albany2969134
Oneida2363123
Ulster223195
Niagara1703101
Putnam156763
Sullivan156548
Broome143769
Schenectady137248
Saratoga97617
Rensselaer89242
Columbia57937
Chautauqua5339
Madison48017
Ontario45235
Oswego4123
Tompkins3880
Warren35233
Steuben33942
Fulton33124
Orleans32254
Otsego3225
Greene31918
Herkimer31610
St. Lawrence3134
Genesee3095
Wayne3055
Chemung2943
Washington28714
Cattaraugus2486
Chenango2457
Tioga22125
Montgomery2194
Livingston1998
Cayuga1942
Jefferson1590
Clinton1545
Essex1540
Cortland1410
Wyoming1305
Delaware1294
Seneca1043
Allegany941
Schoharie830
Franklin630
Yates627
Lewis500
Schuyler330
Hamilton140
Unassigned017
Utica
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 43°
Oneonta
Clear
39° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 39°
Herkimer
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 43°
Thendara
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 43°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
WKTV Golf Card - Under 150 left