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Researchers at Cambridge University debunk 'beer before wine' myth

Researchers at Cambridge University debunk 'beer before wine' myth Photo: ITV Anglia

''Beer before wine and you'll be fine, wine before beer and you'll feel queer.''

It's an age old saying many people recite when considering what to drink. But scientists at the University of Cambridge investigating the truth of the old saying have concluded it's a myth.

Researchers gave alcoholic drinks to 90 volunteers to examine the effect of the combination and order of beer and wine consumption on hangover intensity.

The volunteers were split into three groups, with the first drinking around two and a half pints of beer followed by four large glasses of white wine.

The second group had the same amount of alcohol but in reverse order, and subjects in the third, control group had either only beer or only wine.

Participants, several of whom vomited, were asked about their hangover the following day and given a score on a so-called Acute Hangover Scale, based on factors including thirst, fatigue, headache, dizziness, nausea, stomach ache, increased heart rate and loss of appetite

The finding indicated that no matter how you order your drinks, if you drink too much you're still likely to be ill.

''It didn't make a difference whether you drink wine first or beer first, or only wine or only beer in the same concentration of alcohol that you would take for the hangover the next day.

So, we debunked the myth that beer before wine is better than wine before beer. Or the other way around.''

– Dr Kai Hensel, Senior Clinical Fellow at the University of Cambridge