10 Myths About Hangovers

Wine or Beer Is a Safer Choice
Who's more likely to have a hangover, the wine-drinker or the martini-sipper? It depends. Fuse/Thinkstock

Many people swear it's better to drink wine or beer than hard liquor. There's even a little ditty to help you remember what to do when you might want to drink several different alcoholic beverages in one evening: "Beer before liquor, never sicker. Liquor before beer, never fear." So many misconceptions!

First, you can get drunk on any type of alcohol -- wine, beer, hard liquor and diet cocktails. And it doesn't matter in which order you've consumed them, it just matters how much total alcohol you've ingested into your system. That being said, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Red wine has tannins, which can cause some people to develop headaches. If that's you, over-imbibing in red wine might mean a more-severe hangover in the morning than a night of Tequila sours.
  • Certain types of hard liquor (e.g., whiskey made with malt) also tend to give people headaches. A better choice: clear spirits such as vodka and gin.
  • While diet cocktails contain fewer calories, which is good for your waistline, the fewer the calories in your drink, the faster the alcohol gets into your system -- and the drunker you become.
  • If you start off your night by drinking the hard stuff, your inhibitions will decrease more quickly than if you began with a beer or glass of wine, so you'll tend to end up drinking more.