When choosing your favourite tipple, what do you usually consider? Taste? Price? How much of a killer hangover it’s going to give you the next day?
We’ll own up to all three, but particularly the last one - which is why we’re THRILLED to announce that we now officially know which colour wine is the most hangover-inducing.
It’s an argument that’s been going since the beginning of time. Some think red wine is the clear winner when it comes to bringing on a cracking headache, while others think white wine is way worse thanks to all that acid nestling in your stomach 12 hours later. Dreamy.
But a study conducted by Professor Steve Allsop from the National Drug Research Institute in Perth, has found out which is the worst culprit once and for all…
So... which wine gives you the worst hangover?
Allsop explains that the intensity of your hangover is down to something called congeners. These are what determine both the colour and flavour of alcoholic beverages.
Basically, the more congeners in a drink, the worse your hangover. And lots of congeners = a darker coloured liquid. So yep, you guessed it – red wine is the killer.
Congeners are a "toxic byproduct of the fermenting process" that hang around in your body, and that’s why you feel like death the day after a drinking binge.
Of course, this isn’t the only thing that can bring on a strong headache. There are plenty of other factors that contribute to the strength of your headache, which will explain why many of us have suffered with horrendous headaches the night after drinking white wine and spirits too.
While they are technically meant to be less damaging the next day due to lower levels of congeners, you should also be mindful of all the usual hangover culprits like mixing too many drinks, the speed in which you drink and also how well your body metabolises alcohol, which varies from person to person.
Ultimately, we’d advise drinking cocktails with lighter hues, or more of the white stuff whilst keeping all the other factors in mind if you don’t want a stonker of a headache the next morning. Or, you know, you could try not going crazy and avoid binge-drinking all together…
But we’ll leave that one up to you.