We all have our wine preferences—white, red or perhaps even blue—but a new study suggests that the color of your happy hour glass could affect the severity of your hangover the next day.
Steve Allsop, director of the National Drug Research Institute at Calvin University in Australia, recently studied how differences in congeners—the element that gives color and flavor to a variety of alcoholic beverages—may alter that drink's effect on the body. Throughout the study, participants were asked to drink over the course of two nights, consuming bourbon—which has a higher level of congeners—on one night, and vodka with a placebo on the other. Overall, the drinkers reported having more severe hangovers after the consumption of the bourbon.
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"Some people find that drinks with high levels of congeners make them feel worse. And there is some evidence supporting this," Allsop tells Today. This evidence also applies to wine choices, as darker red wines contain more congeners than their lighter counterparts.