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Hungover this morning? Thought 'beer before wine and you'll be fine'? Boffins prove old adage just isn't true

Charlie Clark Silver badge

The way that the body processes and breaks down alcohol is fascinating. It's well-known that, for example, many Japanese people can hardly do it at all and so get very drunk, very quickly. But, and I can't find the citation for this, lots of people with celtic ancestry are missing a key enzyme in a later stage which is why they tend to get worse hangovers. Certainly the case for me in contrast to my more Germanic frends: if I have more than my "limit" the next day is likely to be a complete washout, whereas they often sleep it off*.

* Actually it's known that alcohol disrupts sleep, but differently for different people.

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