If you’re hoping to be bright eyed and bushy tailed this time tomorrow, you’re probably planning some kind of alcohol strategy for tonight.
And many of us will be planning on sticking to the old maxim: ‘Beer before wine, feel fine. Wine after beer, feel queer’.
Whether it be champers, vodka or wine, we’ve all been raised to believe that if you try to stick to one particular poison, you’ll feel fine the next day.
But it turns out that we’re all wasting our time.
New research suggests that there’s no conclusive link between mixing liquors and hangovers.
It’s previously been thought that the darker the alcohol, the higher the likelihood of feeling bad later on, due to the level of congener compounds.
Drinks high in congeners include whiskey, cognac and tequila. Bourbon whiskey is exceptionally high in congeners. On the other hand, colourless drinks like vodka, gin and rum, contain low levels of congeners. In fact, vodka contains almost no congeners at all.
But we’ve all had a hangover on vodka, and that’s simply because we’ve drunk our weight in it.
Bad hangovers are caused by drinking too much booze, end of. It doesn’t matter what alcohol you drink or in which order.
The real danger comes when mixing drinks of varying levels of alcohol, which can result in a worse hangover. But even then, that’s just because drinking varying strengths of booze can result in consuming more alcohol than intended at a faster rate.
The only real effect of mixing drinks is losing track of how much you’ve had to drink.
A healthy adult is able to metabolise about 10g of alcohol per hour and anymore than that increases your risk of feeling rough.
Good luck tonight, friends.
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