Beer Before Wine or Wine Before Beer?

European researchers have bad news for the 76% of Americans who experience hangovers
after a drinking session: Try as you may to change up the order of your alcoholic beverages, if
you drink too much, you will still be hungover.

Determined to find a way to help people have a better day after a night out, the researchers
recruited 90 brave souls in Germany between the ages of 19 and 40 to drink beer, wine or both.
One group drank 2½ pints of beer, followed by four large glasses of wine. The second group
rank the four glasses of wine first, then the 2½ pints of beer. A third group drank only beer or
only wine. Everyone was kept under medical supervision overnight.

The researchers then let the alcohol wash out and people recover, and a week later they brought
everybody back for a second day of drinking. This time, people drank in the reverse order:
Those who had started with beer on the first day were given wine this time, those who had
started with wine were given beer first, and those who had drunk only beer were given wine
and vice versa.. The results, were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,.  They
show no difference in the intensity of the hangover brought on by drinking wine first followed
by beer or the other way around proving there is no truth in the idea that drinking beer before wine
gives you a milder hangover than the other way around

Two factors did seem to predict the severity of symptoms the day after: how drunk people felt while
they were drinking and whether they vomited. The people who scored themselves higher on the 1
to 10 how-drunk-are-you scale at the end of the night and those who threw up at any point were
the ones most likely to rate their hangover as severe.

The researchers acknowledged limitations to their study. For example, they couldn't assign a
control group to drink beer or wine without alcohol, as the participants in an alcohol study were
not interested in being in a non-alcoholic group. And although they didn't find a way to drink that
would help people feel better the day after, the researchers say hangovers are not always bad.
"Unpleasant as hangovers are, we should remember that they do have one important benefit, at
least: they are a protective warning sign that will certainly have aided humans over the ages to
change their future behavior," said Dr. Kai Hensel, a clinical fellow at the University of Cambridge
and author of the study, in a statement. "In other words, they can help us learn from our mistakes."
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Edited by Jim Attacap
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Corn Syrup Beer

The Bud Light new ads are meant to shame
competitors for brewing their beer with corn
syrup has angered corn producers, prompted
MillerCoors to buy a full-page New York Times ad
defending its use of the ingredient and given
consumers a crash course in the chemistry of
beer.Despite the backlash, the ad may have its
intended effect of driving people away from Bud
Light’s competition.“Whether (corn syrup) is bad
or not doesn’t really matter,” said Tim Calkins,
clinical professor of marketing at Northwestern
University’.“The issue is, do people think it’s bad”

Chicago-based MillerCoors clarified that it does
not use high-fructose corn syrup – a type of
sweetener that has been shown to have negative
health effects – and that its beers have fewer
calories and carbohydrates than Bud Light.

Corn syrup is one of many types of non-malt
ingredients often used in beer to create alcohol
without adding much flavor.  When it or any other
type of sugar gets fermented, it gets converted
into alcohol and carbon dioxide, so “sugar added
to beer does not mean sugar in the finished beer.
Bud also responded to the criticism from the corn
industry by having Pete Coors personally deliver
a truckload of Miller Lite and Coors Light to a
meeting of the National Corn Growers Assoc.

Australian Heat Wave = Free Beer

Record-breaking temperatures in Australia
where it's now summer, have seen an Adelaide
pub become the most praised in Australia,
making good on its promise to give away free
beer if the temperature hit 45C.

The Red Lion Hotel in Elizabeth North started its
“beer-o-meter” last month but the heat of the
past few weeks has really tested their promise -
above 40C, the price of beer at the Red Lion
drops to $3. Above 42C and the beer is $1. Over
45C and it’s free.

For the last several weeks the city’s broke heat
records reaching 46.2C, the hottest since
records began.nd the thirsty locals were ready.  
People have lined around the block, waiting for
the price of beer to drop to zero as the
temperature climbed.  One day they had run out
of glasses and were serving schooners. It’s the
customer’s choice of beer on tap, too — only
Stella is off the menu.  “If it gets over 42C, it’s $1
a pint. That’s still a good deal. I don’t know of
any other pubs that are doing $1 pints,” Mr Firth
the owner said. Temperature is measured by the
Bureau of Meteorology reading at Edinburgh —
the closest gauge to the pub.“If it goes over 45C
for 10 minutes, then it’s free beer for 10
minutes,” Mr Firth said.