It’s typical to see someone drinking beer with a lime, or in the past; you would see someone drink a beer with a cigarette. This was all to enhance the beer’s flavor or its effects on the body. But have you ever seen someone drink beer and wine simultaneously? Some people choose to drink beer before they drink wine, while others choose to drink beer after they drink wine. But does it matter? Is the experience any better?
Ultimately the answer is no; it does not matter, no matter which orders you drink in it does not matter; what matters, in the end, is how much you drink. Wine and beer get you “drunk,” so your order and amount do not matter. Now, some people may feel different experiences when drinking beer before or after drinking wine.
Still, these are anecdotal experiences and do not reflect the science or the vast majority of people’s experiences. When making life-impacting decisions, it is always important to understand what is true and what is not to ensure you are always protecting yourself.
Below we will dive deeper into whether drinking beer before or after wine makes a difference.
Why is there debate around beer before or after wine?
Just as people drink water when drunk to lessen the effects of alcohol, there is a common myth that drinking beer before or after wine will affect your hangover. It is said to help lighten the hangover you will experience the next day. However, research has been done on this topic and proven false. Most people who drink will always look to avoid the ensuing hangover the next day, so theories and myths will develop around how to manage them. The unfortunate truth is once you have reached that threshold, there is very little you can do to avoid a hangover. The best you can do now is try to manage it.
Ultimately as anyone would know, what determines the outcome of your hangover is how much you drink overall. There are methods to lighten the hangover in the morning; as we mentioned drinking water is one of them, but as far as drinking beer before or after wine, there is no evidence to support that either scenario holds any value.
What can you do to lighten a hangover?
So we have now established that no matter if you drink beer before or after wine, there will be no effect on your subsequent hangover. So what are some proven tips to help lighten the effects of the impending hangover? Again, there are many theories, some more so myths than others, that have a track record of proving reliable.
You drink water before the hangover you experience the next day and continue to drink the water or other fluids throughout the day. If you are ever in a situation where your body is going through an abnormal experience, the best thing to do is to fill your body with fluids. This will more than likely help manage those abnormal effects.
There does need to be a caveat with this one. It would be best not to take pain relievers like Tylenol, as this may harm your liver. Try using pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen. Those with have a more positive effect with helping you overcome the headaches.
One of the best ways to help with a hangover, before and after it has already occurred, is to eat something. When you drink, your blood sugar levels have diminished, so your brain is not operating fully. Food is fuel for the brain, so if you are at a point where your brain is low on energy, the best way to get it back into working order is to eat something, but eat specifically carbohydrates.
Of course, the number one proven method to avoid a hangover is to stop overdrinking, but it is bound to happen occasionally. Although following these tips will help you overcome the issues you encounter with a hangover, there is no cure, so the hangover will not go away. These tips will simply help manage the hangover until it inevitably does away on its own.
Are there any benefits to drinking beer before or after wine?
The answer remains no. If you want to have a good night, then drinking beer before or after wine will help you get more alcohol content into your system. Wine already has more alcohol content than beer, so drinking beer alongside wine will only help you get “drunk” quicker. There is no known health benefit to drinking beer before or after wine.
Each of them possesses health benefits individually, but drinking them both brings more harm than good. As we mentioned, drinking them both will help you become intoxicated quicker, meaning the bodily effects of being intoxicated take place sooner, and you are now at risk of causing harm to yourself and those around you quicker. It also can be seen as something helping to encourage alcoholism.
If you like to get drunk or you’re an alcoholic, then drinking both simultaneously would be the perfect remedy to achieving that goal faster, not to mention the effect the liquor will have on your liver and bladder, which is only exacerbated as they both affect these body parts, so the effects are occurring twice as fast if you make it a habit of drinking both.
There is the method of thought that drinking wine is good for you, and to an extent, that is true. There are health benefits to drinking wine, and they are less severe than when drinking beer, but there should be no confusion. Drinking wine also possesses its own set of risks. Those risks must be taken into the calculator when indulging in drinking wine.
The main theme is to remember to drink responsibly. Regarding drinking, few myths come out to be true and hold any weight. So always drink responsibly and follow some of the tips mentioned earlier if you want to manage your hangover responsibly.
I am a passionate beer connoisseur with a deep appreciation for the art and science of brewing. With years of experience tasting and evaluating various beers, I love to share my opinions and insights with others and I am always eager to engage in lively discussions about my favorite beverage.