Most people realize that drinking alcohol on an empty stomach should be avoided because it leads more quickly to intoxication. But what most people don’t realize is what a big difference drinking with food in the stomach can really make.
For example, Swedish researchers had a group of people consume a few drinks after an overnight fast. The next day they had the group consume the same amount of alcohol in the same amount of time after eating a modest breakfast. After having breakfast, the group had a much lower average blood alcohol level --- only 75% of the BAC reached when drinking on an empty stomach.
Things that slow down intoxication include drinking more slowly and eating food -- especially proteins, fats and dense carbohydrates. Things to be avoided because they speed up alcohol absorption include carbonated drinks and warmer drinks, both of which are absorbed faster.
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