The Worst Hangover Drinks

The Worst Hangover Drinks

Beer Before Liquor, Never Been Sicker

Ever wonder why sometimes you can go out with your friends and feel okay the next day while other times you feel like you’ve been run over by a truck?

That day-after feeling is caused by several factors, including dehydration, but it can also be made worse by what you drink when you’re out on the town.

You’ve probably already figured out through trial and error what you can and can’t drink when it comes to adult beverages. Alcoholic beverages vary in ingredients just like food, so it’s no wonder they have different effects on us.


Not All Alcohol Is Created Equal

There are some types of drinks that are harder on your day-after well-being than others. Carbonation assists the alcohol in getting into your bloodstream faster so you will feel the effects faster with carbonated mixers or even champagne. Mixing the types of alcohol can also worsen the effects, as can the addition of sugars, which make drinks easier (and faster) to drink. 


Color can also be an indicator. Congeners are a byproduct of fermentation and give alcohol deeper colors, so whiskey, bourbon, wine, and other liquors deeper in color can pack a punch.


Tropical drinks, aka “Fo-fo drinks,” often contain a few different liquors and loads of sweeteners to make them go down like Kool-Aid on a summer day. Not surprisingly, there are a few hidden dangers here. First, you tend to drink more faster, which of course gets you drunk faster. They contain more than one alcohol type, and often one of those containers congeners which up the potency of the drink. Add some fizz, and these will go straight to your head!


Sweeteners, in general, will worsen your day-after joy. Stick with low-sugar mixers and swap out sugary sodas for limes, lemons, and soda water.

If you’re a cheapskate, you’ll likely pay the day after since well drinks are lesser quality and contain more congeners — best to pony-up and spring for quality that has been distilled to a higher standard. Also, we often think that because we’re using them with a mixer, it doesn’t matter, but you’ve already learned that mixers are just a mask!

Bourbon, whiskey, brandy, rum, and even red wine top the list of liquors containing congeners and therefore, won’t feel so good the day after. Best to go easy on these and avoid mixing them with other alcohols or mixers, so ix-nee on the rum and Coke.


Champagne and rosé’s carbon dioxide may give it a festive feel, but in terms of next-day emojis, it’s 💩. Limit your consumption to the toast lest those bubbles accelerate the alcohol into your bloodstream. Picture a bachelorette party on rosé – that’s how you’ll feel.


Caffeinated drinks may keep you going long into the night, but you’ll pay for it the next morning. Basically, you’re mixing a stimulant (caffeine) with a depressant (alcohol) then adding some carbonation as an accelerant. You drink more, stay up later, and generally feel way worse the next day.

People often think that alcohol breaks down into sugar, which is a partial cause of that “green around the gills” feeling the next day, but it’s not true. Your body places great importance on detoxifying alcohol, prioritizing its breakdown into several different forms before it finally becomes carbon dioxide and water. So while your liver is breaking down your big night out, it delays dealing with other nutrients. This is the real reason your blood sugar drops and blood fats rise temporarily.


Do yourself a favor and “mix responsibly” when it comes to your big night out. Stick with clear liquors and steer away from the bubbles. Of course, Mikey would have you mix in Monkey Stuff, and that way, you’re doing your body some good while you celebrate!