The researchers from Germany and the UK conducted an experiment with groups of 90 volunteers giving them drinks in different orders. The findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition this morning showed zero correlation between the order of beer and wine drinking and the hangover intensity.
As the weekend comes closer, City University News encourages you to drink responsibly and provides you with science-backed tips to avoid unnecessary headache on a Saturday morning.
When drinking alcohol, it’s important to stay hydrated and then, quite frankly, pee more than usual. Four drinks can produce up to a litre of urine in a couple of hours. This leads to dehydration, which causes many of the other hangover symptoms, according to the NHS. Drinking a couple of glasses of water before and after a night-out could prevent the headache in the morning.
Avoid dark-coloured drinks like whiskey or cognac
The problem is that these drinks contain ‘congeners’, ingredients which worsen the hangover intensity and darken the drink. In a 2010 study, US researchers found that students who drank vodka felt much better than those who drank bourbon in the same amount. This is because bourbon contains 37 times more congeners than vodka.
Eat some carbs before going out
Another advice from the NHS is that drinking on an empty stomach is a bad idea. Instead, you should have a meal that contains carbohydrates (like pasta) before going out. It will make the alcohol defuse slower, decreasing the effect it has on your liver, digestive system, kidneys, and cardiovascular system. Also, it will help you not to get drunk too fast.