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You’re wrong about “beer before booze”

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There’s a lot of mythology embedded in drinking culture. You might believe, for example, that once you’ve peed during a night out, you’re doomed to go back to the bathroom again and again because you “broke the seal“, But this is not true. You might also believe that the “dog hair” will help you overcome a hangover, but it’s also wrong. Another old adage that comes up often? “Beer before alcohol, never sicker. Liquor before beer, in short.

This statement suggests that if you start your night out with beer before moving on to something harder, you’ll be sick either that night or the next day, but if you start your night out with hard stuff and you switch to beer, you’ll be fine. East this true? Let’s find out.

Why do people say and believe this?

We’ve all had too much to drink. We all know what it’s like to go to bed with the towers, wake up feeling sick, and go through the next day with a terrible headache. Fact is we’re guilty of overusing every time, but it’s easier to put the blame on something else – in this case, the order in which the previous night’s very many drinks were consumed.

Since it’s common to start a night out with beers, say at a tailgate, bribe, or pre-game, before moving on to shots or cocktails once you get to the bar and the When the party mood intensifies, you might be inclined to blame the order rather than the amount of alcohol consumed. It’s understandable, but it’s wrong.

Why is this saying wrong?

Here’s the thing: booze is booze. No matter what type of alcohol it is, it can still get you drunk and produce a hangover. Likewise, it can still make you sick. There is no magic liquor or beer that will keep you from feeling rude if you drink too much. (If there were, we would absolutely know by now.) And tthere are key words too a lot.

By health linealcohol begins to be absorbed into your bloodstream as soon as it hits your stomach, so by the time you’re hungover the next day, you’ve already absorbed whatever you drank the night before. The order really doesn’t matter. This article too points out that the order in what types of alcohol are soaked can cause some people to consume more than they would if they did things the other way around. Look at your own habits. After a beer buzz, are you more likely to agree when your friend says it’s time for a round of shots? Conversely, after drinking a few cocktails, are you put off by the thought of a filler beer?

While it’s clear that this is subjective and entirely based on a person’s own habits, there is also strong scientific evidence to support the fallacy of claims that the drinking order matters. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2019 dispelled the myth, finding after studying 90 participants that “neither the type nor the order of alcoholic beverages consumed significantly affected hangover intensity.”

This study also demystified a different, but similar, urban legend that I’m a strong believer in myself: “Grape or grain, but never the twain.” Those of us who (foolishly) believe that you swear there is no hangover the next day as long as you stick to the same kind of drink all night. Yet wAlthough the study actually dumped water or light beer, if you prefer-everywhere this the theory too, I always stick to it, but with the certainty that it’s bullshit. Why? Because if it’s because i drink less when i stick to a type of alcohol, or because I believe in it so strongly that I give myself a placebo effect to feel better the next day, I really do suffer less ill effects when I don’t mix my poisons. (Because, oh yes, alcohol is actually a poison.)

If a certain the myth resonates with you, feel free to use it as a guide the next time you go out. Just know that there is no science to prove it, and the real cause of your less hungover morning is that you made better choices. If a catchy rhyme helps you act more responsibly—and reduces the chances of you waking up feeling like you were hit by a truck—I say you keep doing you.