The festive season is quickly approaching meaning lots of us will out boozing at Christmas parties.
It’s all fun and games while you’re knocking the drinks back, but having to suffer from the after-effects the next day can be dreadful.
Luckily scientists have researched the best way to diminish hangover symptoms – and it’s all down to what you drink the night before.
Researchers believe that drinking beer could reduce some of the damage alcohol does to the body.
1. No headache
Experts from the Octoberfest Pub in London reveal that beer has been associated with lower levels of nitric oxide synthases, linked to those horrible post-party headaches.
2. Less damaged liver
German scientists have found that beer can reduce the harm done to the liver, but other types of alcohol (like spirits) do not.
Researchers found that mice who were given beer with hops had less build-up of fat in their liver, as well as less inflammation, than the mice given pure alcohol or beer without hops.
Hops, which derives from a plant bud, is typically used to balance the flavours in beer.
Beer has a low alcohol content, usually between 3-6% by volume for lager.
It also contains cereals and yeast which slow down alcohol absorption from the stomach into the bloodstream.
Beer is also more diluted with water than spirits and wines.
This makes it filling and it takes longer to drink, giving your body time to process it.
Sugar can make you feel just as sick as the alcohol and it contributes towards that headache.
But beer has less sugar than alcopops, which means you’ll have less chance of a hangover.
Many ale-lovers think beer tastes better than spirits, so beer drinkers don’t drink it just to get drunk but because it tastes good.
While chugging beer, you’re more likely to become fuller faster which allows you to pace yourself and know when you are verging on the edge of no return, thus reducing the chances of a hangover.