Changing the order of drinks made no significant difference to hangover scores, which were measured using a questionnaire, the study found.
The results, published Thursday in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, show no difference in the intensity of the hangover brought on by drinking wine first followed by beer or the other way around.
The old wives' rhymes we tell ourselves about responsible alcohol consumption have basically nothing to do with reality, a new study on drinking has found.
In addition to the English "Grape or grain, but never the twain", Germans say "Wein auf Bier, das rat' ich Dir-Bier auf Wein, das lass' sein" (Wine after beer, I recommend it; beer after wine, let it be), and the French say "Bière sur vin est venin, vin sur bière est belle manière" (Beer after wine is poison, wine after beer is the handsome way). Similar folk wisdom on the ordering of wine and beer exist in other languages, including German and French.More news: Google Doodle Celebrates German Chemist Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge Who Identified Caffeine
Determined to find a way to help people have a better day after a night out, the researchers recruited 90 fearless souls in Germany between the ages of 19 and 40 to drink beer, wine or both.
Scientists in the United Kingdom and Germany have joined forces to answer an age-old mystery: whether the expression "beer before wine and you'll feel fine; wine before beer and you'll feel queer" has any merit.
The second group of students drank the same amount of alcohol as the first group, but in the opposite order.
The third drank only wine or beer.More news: Google eliminates more spam from Gmail with TensorFlow
Instead, the study's authors said the strongest predictors for the severity of the next day's hangover were the participants' perception of how drunk they were the night before and whether they vomited. The following day they reported how intense their hangovers were, measuring them by scoring their thirst, fatigue, headache and nausea levels.
A week later, the participants came back to the study site to perform the drinking task again, but participants in groups one and two were switched to the opposite drinking order.
Control group subjects who drank only beer the first time around received only wine on the second study day and vice versa. This way, the researchers could compare the reactions of each individual to the same person's earlier experience.
The volunteers, aged between 19 and 40, were asked about their wellbeing at regular intervals and kept under medical supervision overnight.More news: 68mn girls at risk of genital mutilation by 2030 says WHO
Two factors did seem to predict the severity of symptoms the day after: how drunk people felt while they were drinking and whether they vomited. "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 these red flags when drinking", concluded lead author of the study, Jöran Köchling.