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What Happens When You Drink Alcohol on an Empty Stomach?

What Happens When You Drink Alcohol on an Empty Stomach?

Have you ever been drunk? Looking at World Health Organization reports,
it seems as though a little less than half of the world’s population 15 or over like
a tipple now and again. Some people, you might say, drink quite a
lot more than a tipple, with about 16 percent of drinkers doing it frequently and heavily. The WHO puts the death toll from heavy drinking
at 3.3 million the last time the statistics were compiled, and that was 5.9% of all global
deaths that year. This was, however, deaths attributable to
drinking, which could include all manner of fatalities blamed on alcohol consumption. If we are going to drink, we should at least
do it with food inside of us. Why? That’s what we’ll find out today, in this
episode of the Infographics Show, What Happens When You Drink Alcohol on an Empty Stomach? Don’t forget to subscribe and click the
bell button so that you can be part of our Notification Squad. First of all, we should point out that, often,
the least responsible of drinkers are the ones that do it underage. In the USA, where the legal drinking age is
21, the CDC reports that booze is the most abused substance among youth. Most countries in the world have an age limit
of 18 or 19, after that it is 16 to 17, and after that no age limit whatsoever. Strikingly, there doesn’t seem to be much
correlation between the drinking age limit and alcohol abuse. This has been an ongoing debate in the USA,
with reports coming to different conclusions. Some say raising the age to 21 was a success,
other says it pushed younger people into closed rooms where they did more binge drinking. The CDC even states that, “Although drinking
by persons under the age of 21 is illegal, people aged 12 to 20 years drink 11% of all
alcohol consumed in the United States.” It also stated that 90 percent of that drinking
was binge drinking. The same year this research was undertaken,
4,300 of those underage drinkers died, and a further 189,000 visited the emergency room. This is food for thought when we consider
America is the only developed nation (out of 12 countries) that have this 21 and over
age requirement for drinking. So, if you are watching this and wondering
how you might better drink safely, then we will come to our question of whether you should
only drink with food in your stomach. According to HAMS (Harm Reduction for Alcohol),
you should do a few things before you drink, and indeed eating is one of them. We will give you the abridged version of why
they say that is. The stomach has a small surface area, and
the small intestine a very large surface area. So, the small intestine is very good at absorbing
alcohol and your stomach is not. The stomach is linked to the small intestine
with a valve called the pyloric valve. If you stuff your face, the valve closes to
keep all the food down so it can be digested. High fat food will keep this valve shut for
up to six hours. Proteins and carbs apparently work well, too. We are told that eating a big, fatty meal
before boozing will mean that all those beers and shots will be absorbed slowly, and your
BAC (blood alcohol content) will stay low for a while and you won’t feel so wasted. Drink on an empty stomach and all that booze
will go straight to your head and there’s more chance you’ll make a fool out of yourself,
or worse, end up facing a doctor from a hospital bed with no memory of driving your car into
your neighbor’s house. They also point out that eating after you
have consumed a lot of alcohol will not mean you’ll become less drunk. The downside to empty stomach drinking is
not only the effects it may have on your actions, but also your body. With food inside of you, the booze will drip
into your liver, digestive system, and kidneys, rather than hit them like a tidal wave. So, what should you eat? Well, while HAMS says a pizza will work, other
research says healthier fats will be better. So before you go out on the town, try having
some salmon or avocado or even nuts and hummus. One thing we are told is that contrary to
popular belief, fatty food doesn’t soak up the alcohol the morning after, but as we
are telling you, the hour before. To protect your liver before you endeavor
to go out on a big session, you might also eat some turmeric, kale, cinnamon, broccoli
or beetroot. If that is too hard to find, drink some lemon
juice, the fresh kind, not the stuff that comes in a can and pretends to be lemon. But whatever the case, for your body, and
in regards to what might happen to you, eat a big meal before you go crazy with the drink. Ok, we understand, you are young and broke
and haven’t yet had the chance to experience the utter downsides of drinking to oblivion. You want to eat less so you can get drunk
faster. There’s even a term for this: Drunkorexia. It’s not only about getting drunk faster,
but also about consuming less calories from food so you feel less guilty about drinking
nine cocktails and a shot of something noxious. According to one study by the University of
Missouri, this is common with young people; 67 percent of those questioned said it was
related to weight gain and only 21 percent said it was to facilitate drunkenness. It didn’t say what the others said. Vice magazine reports that it’s also common
in the UK, with some respondents saying that it was a good way to save money. There have been other reports saying that
this is “youth-shaming”, but anyone that has been young and prone to partying will
tell you it’s very much a reality. The problem is, it is very bad for you. Another problem is in many cases the very
young feel like they are almost immortal, even after they’ve received 27 stitches
from opening a door with their head. While those of you that have drunk alcohol
on an empty stomach will know it makes a difference, there is a lot more than anecdotal evidence
out there. The New York Times cites research that explains
that subjects given booze on an empty stomach were more intoxicated than those that ate
something. This could be very important if you are drinking
around the safe drink-driving limit, says the report. The report states, “Having food in the stomach
– particularly proteins, fats and dense carbohydrates – slows that absorption process.” And no matter what you do after that, eat,
drink coffee, put yourself under an intense cold shower, you won’t change how much alcohol
is in your system. In conclusion, if you are going to drink,
always eat before you do so. It’s not only better for your body, but
could prevent you from going haywire. Have you ever drunk on an empty stomach? Did you feel there was a significant difference
from drinking on a full stomach? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
called What If You Only Drank Coke and Nothing Else?! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!

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