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The Myth of Drinking "Beer Before Wine"

Beer before wine and you'll feel fine, wine before beer and you'll feel queer. That makes no sense at all, at least from the point of view of science. Or common sense. No matter how we look at it, when we drink too much alcohol, it would definitely give us a hangover especially if our system can't handle it. Sure, there are people who can drink multiple glasses of liquor without feeling awful the next morning. But that's not because they drank beer before wine.

"We didn't find any truth in the idea that drinking beer before wine gives you a milder hangover than the other way around," lead study author Jöran Köchling, of Witten/Herdecke University in Germany, said in a statement. "The truth is that drinking too much of any alcoholic drink is likely to result in a hangover."

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The idea behind that saying is more or less social economic in nature and has nothing to do with alcohol as such. Back in the day beer was considered to be the drink of choice of the working classes, while wine was privileged to the upper class, due to the higher prices and such. So, when one was able to 'move up' from drinking beer to drinking or being able to afford wine, one was fine. In good fortune, and moving up on the socioeconomic ladder. But when one was no longer able to drink wine and could only afford beer, one had bad luck, loss of fortune, etc. One would feel queer for having to step down from the higher sports of the socioeconomic ladder.
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