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paintmered
11-08-2006, 11:38 PM
This article says yes.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/07/health/07real.html?ex=1320555600&en=8ef3e68f0d8342ef&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss


The Claim: Some Types of Alcohol Cause Worse Hangovers Than Others

By ANAHAD O’CONNOR
Published: November 7, 2006

THE FACTS Too much alcohol of any kind can cause sickness and regret the morning after. But it’s often said that some kinds of drinks are worse than others.

Experts say that the type of alcohol you drink does make a difference, but for various reasons. Among the most important is the amount of congeners (pronounced CON-juh-nurz) — complex organic molecules, like methanol — in a particular drink. Impurities in poorly refined spirits like cheap vodka can also play a role, but congeners, which are common in darker liquors, seem to have the greatest effect.

According to one report in The British Medical Journal, which looked at the effects of different types of alcohol, the drink that produced the most hangover symptoms was brandy, followed by red wine, rum, whiskey, white wine, gin and vodka. Another study showed that bourbon was twice as likely to cause sickness as the same amount of vodka.

There is also wide variation within certain categories, like wine. Wines that come from countries where a small change in climate can greatly affect their quality, some experts say, can contain significantly more hangover-inducing compounds in a bad season. Inexpensive red wines, in particular, have a reputation for causing sickness. But that may be because some people suffer from a syndrome called red wine headache, whose cause is unknown. What scientists do know is that the wines that cause it vary from person to person, and across brands, grapes and price.

THE BOTTOM LINE Certain types of alcohol can make a hangover worse.

I've heard that red wine can produce some nasty hangovers. I've never drank enough of it at once to find out for myself, but this article definitely supports the claim.

wolfboy
11-09-2006, 12:07 AM
I have had a few red wine hangovers over the years. They can be really nasty. I don't drink beer often, but draft beer seems to really get me when it comes to a hangover. They key for me has always been a vitamin and a few glasses of water before bed. That seems to help quite a bit. :beerme:

Ltlabner
11-09-2006, 07:25 AM
I no longer drink, but when I did it was usually bourbon, tequila or beer. None of those usually gave me a bad hangover even when consumed in larger (or perhaps even in "mass") quanities.

Vodka, a totally different story. I could drink one vodka tonic and I'd be sloppy drunk and many more than that would result in serrious hangovers, blackouts and "wonderfull" day after stories (I can't believe what you did last night.....).

I never did figure out the difference other than maybe the base materials of the vodka have a weirdo chemical effect on me. Anyway, I quickly learned to stear well clear of the russian antifreeze.

Redsland
11-09-2006, 09:32 AM
A couple vodka tonics? No problem.

A couple scotches? Roll of the dice.

Johnny Footstool
11-09-2006, 10:25 AM
Regardless of the liquor it's mixed with, friggin' Red Bull gives me the worst hangover. I wake up dizzy with a throbbing headache and that awful, just-licked-a-shoe Red Bull taste in my mouth.

And of course, I always seem to end up with an "on-the-house" Red Bull and vodka, or a $5 shot that someone bought me and I'm obligated to drink.

Worst poison known to man = Jager Bomb (Jager shot dropped into a glass of Red Bull).

RBA
11-09-2006, 10:39 AM
1. Eat before
2. Vitamin B
3. Drink one glass of water for every beverage you drink
4. Near the end of your drinking, take an aspirin before you forget.

5. Don't drink too much.

Chip R
11-09-2006, 10:56 AM
According to one report in The British Medical Journal, which looked at the effects of different types of alcohol, the drink that produced the most hangover symptoms was brandy, followed by red wine, rum, whiskey, white wine, gin and vodka. Another study showed that bourbon was twice as likely to cause sickness as the same amount of vodka.

Man I hear that. My freshman year at college I started drinking blackberry brandy with a friend. Later on I had a few beers and I was so sick the next day. Haven't touched the stuff since.

westofyou
11-09-2006, 11:07 AM
I did my own research on this before I reached 23.

It's all true.

minus5
11-09-2006, 11:16 AM
A wine headache is the worst! There had been days when my own breathing was too loud. However, bourbon never usually has bothered me the next morning.

Roy Tucker
11-09-2006, 11:23 AM
According to one report in The British Medical Journal, which looked at the effects of different types of alcohol, the drink that produced the most hangover symptoms was brandy, followed by red wine, rum, whiskey, white wine, gin and vodka. Another study showed that bourbon was twice as likely to cause sickness as the same amount of vodka.

Like woy, I did a lot of early research on this topic in my misbegotten youth.

My first thought was you needed a study to tell you this? Most drunks could tell you this in a heartbeat. The clearer the alcohol is, the less the hangover is.

However, in the quantities that I consumed it all in, it didn't really matter. I used to say "moderation is for monks, everything to excess, take big bites" but I have since learned the wisdom of moderation.

westofyou
11-09-2006, 11:26 AM
However, in the quantities that I consumed it all in, it didn't really matter. I used to say "moderation is for monks, everything to excess, take big bites" but I have since learned the wisdom of moderation.

At age 18 my friends and I played a game of Quarters with a bottle of Makers Mark, I woke up with 1/2 my face a scab from breaking my fall earlier in the evening, the pillow of course was stuck to my face.

RichRed
11-09-2006, 11:27 AM
I've heard that red wine can produce some nasty hangovers. I've never drank enough of it at once to find out for myself, but this article definitely supports the claim.

Red wine gave me the worst hangover I ever had (I'm usually a beer guy) and ironically, it was a bunch of Brits I was out with who were the culprits.

Hey, maybe they were operatives working for the British Medical Journal for this study?

goreds2
11-09-2006, 11:45 AM
When drinking, Miller Lite always seems to be my best choice to avoid hangovers. :)

westofyou
11-09-2006, 11:47 AM
When drinking, Miller Lite always seems to be my best choice to avoid hangovers. :)

Yes, I'd drink water too to avoid hangovers. :evil:

Chip R
11-09-2006, 01:42 PM
Yes, I'd drink water too to avoid hangovers. :evil:

:laugh:

Yachtzee
11-09-2006, 02:51 PM
I'd buy this premise. Jack Daniels and Jim Beam messed me up as a youth, but I can drink Gin and Vodka with the best of them. My experience also taught me that the cheaper the alcohol, the worse the hangover. So I stay away from any kind of "well" drinks. I've also heard that beer hangovers often result from drinking too many draft beers at a bar that doesn't properly clean its beer lines and its taps. So if you're drinking at a dive bar, or sometimes even a decent bar, it's better to get bottled beer.

Matt700wlw
11-09-2006, 02:57 PM
2. Vitamin B
3. Drink one glass of water for every beverage you drink
4. Near the end of your drinking, take an aspirin before you forget.

5. Don't drink too much.

Too much work :D

pedro
11-09-2006, 06:02 PM
rum is evil.

as for scotch & bourbon i couldn't keep enough of it down to ever get hung over.

vaticanplum
11-09-2006, 06:47 PM
I did my own research on this before I reached 23.

It's all true.

My friends and I swore by the darker-the-liquor-worse-the-hangover rule of thumb for years. I get genuinely upset when I read about studies like this; they could have spent ten years putting their research money into a more hands-on study, ie. following me around and buying all my drinks.

The first time I ever got sick from drinking I drank coconut rum, Guinness, Franzia, and beer in the space of a couple of hours. Possibly the worse combination of beverages ever assembled.

I used to have a great amount of techniques for curing hangovers: peanut butter toast before bed, Excedrin, milk, Alka-Seltzer morning-after medicine (actually concocted for hangovers), on and on. The only thing that works for me now is sleep.

Falls City Beer
11-09-2006, 06:52 PM
For me it's the-oilier-the-liquor-the-more-likely-to-cause-heaving rule. Gin's always made me puke.

cinredsfan2000
11-09-2006, 07:49 PM
Wine hangovers are brutal!!

cincinnati chili
11-09-2006, 09:02 PM
I thought this was all but proven years ago.

It's not just the kind of alcohol. It's the quality. Cheap booze gives brutal hangovers. The good stuff, not so much.

Spring~Fields
11-09-2006, 09:41 PM
When drinking, Miller Lite always seems to be my best choice to avoid hangovers. :)

I use to complain to a buddy about various beers giving me headaches and hangovers, and he mentioned Miller Lite, I was skeptical thinking he was just making noise, but he was right, Miller Lite never did either to me. I don't drink anymore but Scotch, Rum and Jim Beam use to make me pray "I'll never do it again"

RFS62
11-09-2006, 09:56 PM
I thought this was all but proven years ago.

It's not just the kind of alcohol. It's the quality. Cheap booze gives brutal hangovers. The good stuff, not so much.


Yep. And MAKE yourself drink at least a glass of water before you go to bed. Take a couple of excedrins or aspirin too.

A lot of the discomfort comes from dehydration. Drink water.

paintmered
11-10-2006, 01:17 AM
Yep. And MAKE yourself drink at least a glass of water before you go to bed. Take a couple of excedrins or aspirin too.

A lot of the discomfort comes from dehydration. Drink water.

Yep. A few pints of water on the rocks before sleep is the best way to prevent a hangover.

GAC
11-10-2006, 06:51 AM
IMO... wine (especially cheap wine) is the worse.

Anyone ever remember playing this game?....

http://www.dormgear.net/images/passout-game.gif

GAC
11-10-2006, 06:55 AM
Yep. And MAKE yourself drink at least a glass of water before you go to bed. Take a couple of excedrins or aspirin too.

A lot of the discomfort comes from dehydration. Drink water.

Yep. The only problem was remembering to do this while still conscious. ;)

FutureRedsGM
11-10-2006, 10:10 AM
As someone who is hung over NOW, I can say that too much of anything will hurt the next day. However, I can also attest to the miracle that is "Chaser". Those little pills are a gift from god as far as hangovers go.

ghettochild
11-10-2006, 11:17 AM
worst hangovers:
wine
mikes hard lemonade
liqour
beer
a big feast with lots of food

gonelong
11-10-2006, 11:52 AM
I used to say "moderation is for monks, everything to excess, take big bites" but I have since learned the wisdom of moderation.

The only way I can handle moderation, is in moderation.

Take big bites ... I like that. :)

I have always been a bit lucky with the hangovers. I can generally drink more than my peers yet I rarely get hangovers to any debilitating degree. When I know that I have overdone it I'll take a vitamen, asprin, and a glass of water before bed. No worries.

GL

Johnny Footstool
11-10-2006, 11:53 AM
Yep. And MAKE yourself drink at least a glass of water before you go to bed. Take a couple of excedrins or aspirin too.

Stick to these two and avoid acetaminophen and ibuprofen, which can cause liver problems when taken with alcohol.


As someone who is hung over NOW, I can say that too much of anything will hurt the next day. However, I can also attest to the miracle that is "Chaser". Those little pills are a gift from god as far as hangovers go.

I've used Chaser twice, and I followed the directions explicitly each time. It worked great the first time, but failed miserably the second time.

I think the problem was that I thought Chaser was a miracle cure, so I didn't follow the cardinal "no liquor after beer" rule the second time.

Red in Chicago
11-10-2006, 05:04 PM
At age 18 my friends and I played a game of Quarters with a bottle of Makers Mark, I woke up with 1/2 my face a scab from breaking my fall earlier in the evening, the pillow of course was stuck to my face.

i can't believe that i use to play quarters in my younger years...the thoughts of drinking all those germs is almost too much for me to take :runaway: :barf:

Dom Heffner
11-10-2006, 05:27 PM
Never got a hangover until I drank wine. Holy crap, that hurt for an entire day. Just nasty.

Matt700wlw
11-10-2006, 05:36 PM
i can't believe that i use to play quarters in my younger years...the thoughts of drinking all those germs is almost too much for me to take :runaway: :barf:

Alcohol kills germs :D