It’s an age-old rule about drinking alcohol, and one that most people
have broken: always fill up on foods dense in proteins, fats, and rich
carbohydrates before drinking.
Every college and scientific article about blood alcohol concentration
(BAC) will tell you that it’s bad to drink on an empty stomach because
you’ll get drunk faster.
When you drink in the normal social setting, the highest BAC is usually
achieved about 30 minutes after your last drink. However, when you consume
large amounts of alcohol over a short interval, or when you eat a large
meal with the drinks, then it could take up to two (2) hours to fully
absorb the alcohol.
Let’s Take a Look at BAC
BAC refers to the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream. It’s quickly
absorbed through the walls of the stomach and small intestine, then it
goes into the bloodstream where it travels through the body and to the brain.
Does it make a difference if you’re drinking a light beer or vodka?
No! Alcohol is alcohol, it doesn’t matter what type; the alcohol
concentration of the drink does matter of course.
Since we’re talking about alcohol being absorbed through the stomach
and small intestine, it makes sense why food would slow down the absorption
of alcohol, thereby slowing down the rise in BAC.
Why People Opt for No Food
When someone drinks on an empty stomach, they’re likely to attain
the same level of euphoria after two drinks that they would have after
four drinks and a full meal. Makes sense why people opt to drink on an
empty stomach, since it’s cheaper and they get drunk faster. The
alternative: drink on a full stomach and gradually ascend into tipsiness.
Many people know that they can control that euphoric feeling, so they will
save the food for later. The trick is that if they happen to be planning
on driving home, that meal might be coming too late because their BAC
has already shot through the roof.
Having a meal before drinking just might keep one from climbing over the
legal BAC limit of .08%.
If you’re planning on drinking, your safest bet is having a nondrinker
drive you home since it can be hard to accurately guess your BAC, with
or without food in your stomach.
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