With the Christmas party season in full swing, you’re likely to be spending more nights on it than off. And, if a big family Christmas is on the cards, you’ll inevitably not reach Boxing Day without fishing some obscure tipple out of the drinks cabinet – bottles that are left untouched for the rest of the year. Port, let’s say – or even Advocat.
But what drink will leave you with the worst hangover? It is a perennially-asked question, and one well worth finding an answer to. So thank Yoko Inoue, an expert in nutrition and founder of Australian superfood cafe, Shokuiko, who has finally revealed the tipsy truth.
Beer – and in particular dark ale and stout such as Guinness and porters – are the worst drinks to down on a night out, and will leave you with the driest mouth, the tenderest head and the achiest limbs the next morning.
However, rich red wine and dark spirits such as whisky and brandy will also set your recovery back, Inoue reveals.
“It’s dehydrating for the body when you’re consuming alcohol so you want to drink plenty of water,” she said.
“During the festive season, many of us may encounter temptation, desire or peer pressure to drink more than you would usually do, but the throbbing head, nausea and wasting a whole day the next day definitely is not fun.”
Instead, Inoue suggests drinking clear liquors, such as gin and tequila – with vodka the alcoholic drink least likely to give you a hangover. But drink it with a mixer at your peril, for the sugar in lemonade or cola will contribute to your hangover the next day.
But, if you love beer, and just can’t help going wild, here’s a little something to see you through the day after…