Is the ‘Liquor Before Beer’ Saying Actually True?

Do you follow this rule when you drink?

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This rule will either waste your time or save your life. 

Have you ever heard the old saying, “Beer before liquor, never been sicker; liquor before beer, you're in the clear”? People often refer to this rule when they’re preparing to go out for a long night of drinking. The theory is that if you drink beer before liquor, you’ll wake up to a nasty hangover in the morning. However, if you drink liquor before beer, you’ll be home free and ready to do it all over again the next day. Even though this rule has been repeated over and over again, is there any science behind it? 

If you’ve been living by this rule and carefully constructing your drinking routine every time you go out, we’re sorry to say that you’ve wasted your time. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work.

The truth is, the order in which you consume your drinks doesn’t matter in the least. The possibility of a hangover depends upon two main factors: what you’re drinking and how much of it you’re downing.

Want to avoid a hangover? Some would say to just drink less. However, that isn’t the most fun answer, and a lot of people probably won’t listen. Thankfully, we’ve come up with a few things that may help with your hangover. If it’s too late and you’re already feeling crummy, there are a lot of things you can eat to make yourself feel better.


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