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Rahul Mehra

System Analyst (Wipro) | Posted 12 Feb, 2019 |

Can the order of taking drinks prevent us from getting hangover?

Dharm Dass

Working with Maruti Suzuki | |Updated 27 Oct, 2020

Truth be told, there is no research done until now which can state the causes of a hangover. And consequentially, the methods of prevention of it have also not yet been devised.


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There are certain old sayings which claim that the order of having wine and beer can affect the extent of hangover one gets after drinking.

One saying goes like, ‘Grape or grain but never the twain’, and the other one says, ‘Beer before wine and you’ll feel fine; wine before beer and you’ll feel queer’.

So if we go be these sayings, we should not take beer and wine together (in the first saying grape stands for wine and grain for beer) and we should always take beer before wine.

This, however, is not true scientifically.

In a study done by the researchers from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany and the University of Cambridge in the UK, three groups of people were asked to consume wine and beer in different combinations.

The first group took beer and then wine, the second group took wine and then beer, and the third group took either only wine or just beer. 

After 2 weeks, they were asked to do the reverse of it. The first group took wine and then beer, the second group beer and then wine, and the third group also changed their drink to the other one.
All these groups were studied regularly, and especially while sleeping.

After waking up, they were asked about their level of drunkenness and to mark them at the level of zero to ten.

The research showed that there was no considerable difference in the levels of drunkenness or hangover in the three groups.

So the answer to your question would be a NO.

The order of your drinks just can’t determine the extent of your hangover, let alone prevent you from it.