They tested the saying on a group of 90 men and women, aged between 19 and 40, and split them into three groups. The first drank two-and-a-half pints of beer followed by four large glasses of wine, the second group drank the same, but in reverse order, and the third just drank only beer or wine. After a week, everyone switched around.
The next day, everyone was asked for their 'hangover score', based on levels of thirst, fatigue, headache, dizziness, nausea, stomach ache, increased heart rate and loss of appetite
But it didn't matter in what order the volunteers drank—they all felt pretty wretched the next day. "We didn't find any truth in the idea that drinking beer before wine gives you a milder hangover than the other way around," said researcher Joran Kochling from Witten/Herdecke University.