We’ve been blaming the Russians for an awful lot of our problems lately, but we can now blame the Germans and the English for the destruction of one of our favorite alcohol-related rhymes.
How many times have you rationalized your choice of booze with a recitation of “Beer before liquor; never been sicker” or “Beer before wine; you’ll be fine?” Well, it turns out these cutesy little sayings have little relation to actual science.
Researchers at the Witten/Herdecke University in Germany and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom studied whether the order in which certain alcohols were consumed matters when it came to hangovers and it turns out, it didn’t matter much at all.
According to first author Jöran Köchling,
The truth is that drinking too much of any alcoholic drink is likely to result in a hangover. 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 those red flags when drinking.
Senior author Dr. Kai Hensel chimed in, adding,
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. In other words, they can help us learn from our mistakes.
Wishful thinking, doc