Drinking alcoholic beverages on special occasions such as weddings or birthdays are a must for some people. Others drink to bond with friends or just enjoy a cold beer after a long day at work. However, many people dreaded the day after a full night of drinking session, where most of them feel sick, tired, or dehydrated. These are called hangovers.
With researchers from different countries who claim to have answered several concerns related on drinking, people are still left hanging with one question, are there any cures for hangovers?
Scholars from Europe made a study for 76 percent of Americans who experience bad days after drinking. The researchers recruited 90 people in Germany between the ages of 19 and 40 to drink beer, wine, or both, with a goal to reduce hangovers. They were divided into three groups: the first one drank two and a half pints of beer then four large glasses of wine. The second group drank in the reversed order; four glasses of wine first followed by two and a half pints of beer. The last group
One week later, researchers brought the same people back together for another test. This time people drank in the opposite order; those who started with beer were given wine, others took wine first then beer and those who drank only beer were given wine and vice versa. The results, published by American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on Thursday showed no sign of difference on the intensity of hangover brought about by drinking wine first followed by beer or the other way around.
According to Joran Kochling, a researcher at Witten/Herdecke University and a chief author of the study, said that they didn’t find any truth in the idea that drinking beer before wine gives you a milder hangover than the other way around.
However, they found out two factors which can help people to predict the severity of symptoms the day after; how drunk people felt while they were drinking and whether they vomited. The people who scored themselves higher on the rating scale of 1-10 at the end of the night and those who threw up during drinking session at any moment were the ones most likely to have a severe hangover.
The fact is, drinking too much of whatever alcoholic drink may result in hangovers. The only dependable way to find out how miserable you’ll get 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,” added Kochling.
Furthermore, researchers confirmed that the amount of alcohol that brings on a hangover differs by person, a hangover usually means you exceeded on what is considered by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be moderate drinking which is one drink per day for women and two for men.
Although Kochling and her team did not find a concrete solution to help people feel better the day after, they still emphasized that hangovers are not bad news after all. It’s considered as warning sign for humans that will aid them over the years to change their future behaviour, in other words, it help people learn from their mistakes.