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Drinking on an Empty Stomach

You’ve probably heard people say, “Never drink on an empty stomach!” Then again, you’ve probably also heard people say something to the effect of, “I want to drink on an empty stomach so I’ll get buzzed faster.” Is it wrong to drink on an empty stomach? Should you always fill up on food before drinking alcohol?

If you drink on an empty stomach, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get sick, but it does mean that you’ll become intoxicated faster. Several studies have been done on the subject and they have revealed that eating before drinking can make a big difference in intoxication. In one Swedish study, it found that “having a meal before drinking kept a person from climbing over the legal blood-alcohol limit for driving in most states,” The New York Times reported.

According to Dr. Harris B. Stratyner, an addiction specialist and associate professor of psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center said that it comes down to metabolism. According to Stratyner, as soon as someone drinks alcohol, their body begins breaking it down, but some alcohol is always going to be absorbed directly in the bloodstream. When the drinker has eaten food before imbibing, especially proteins, fats and carbohydrates, it slows down the alcohol-absorption process. So, bring on the nachos!

What Speeds Up Alcohol Absorption?

There are definitely things that speed up alcohol absorption, such as warm drinks – the body absorbs these faster. Carbonated mixers, such as soda speed up absorption as well. Once the alcohol hits your bloodstream, nothing can sober you up – not coffee or a cold shower. The only thing that decreases blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is time. So, does drinking on an empty stomach make you drunk faster? Yes, absolutely. If you want a quicker buzz, just be sure not to drink and drive.

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