Growing up in Europe we had a saying that said:
"Bier auf Wein, das laß sein - Wein auf Bier, das rat' ich dir"
Translation: Beer after wine, leave it be - wine after beer, that I recommend.
In the US, a similar saying goes like this:
"Beer before liquor, never been sicker; liquor before beer, you’re in the clear."
Those two sayings have always perplexed me, as they seem to be contradictory. Visualizing the order of drinks it would look something like this:
As is apparent, one recommends to drink by increasing alcohol content, the other recommends against it. Intuitively I assume that these sayings recommend best practices to prevent becoming sick (Reality Check: I understand of drinks is mostly irrelevant - it's the total amount of alcohol and the speed of consumption that drives whether someone gets sick.)
So my question: Are there any other reasons for why one would recommend consuming alcoholic drinks in a certain order?