Scientists bust ‘beer before wine’ folk wisdom

Despite the old saying, drinking beer before wine offers no hangover relief, The Guardian reports. To find out whether this bit of British folk wisdom offered any protection from the aftermath of a night of drinking, researchers got 90 volunteers equally drunk—one group switched from beer to wine, a second group went from wine to beer, and a third group stuck with either just beer or just wine. After the volunteers drank their way to a blood alcohol content of 0.11%, they each scored the severity of the resulting hangover the next day. The researchers repeated the experiment twice, moving the volunteers into different groups. No matter what group they were in, they fared just as badly the next day, the researchers report this month in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. So, for those looking to avoid a hangover, it appears the only magic bullet is drinking less in the first place.

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