From a logical, sober standpoint, drunk eating makes no sense. Alcohol is packed with calories: Even a seemingly innocuous beer like Bud Light is still 110 calories a pop, meaning you’re just a solid beer pong run away from consuming a serious chunk of your daily caloric needs.
But from a non-sober standpoint, YOU NEED TO EAT NOW. Not that understanding why this happens will necessarily prevent you from eating an entire pizza at 1:45 in the morning, but if you did know the answer, at least you could cross off “because I’m an idiot” from the list of most likely explanations.
Thankfully, science has come to the rescue and though “stupidity” might explain why you got so drunk in the first place, it’s not the reason you crave late night drunk grub. According to Live Science, a new study from The Francis Crick Institute in London found that alcohol may activate the part of the brain that makes us feel hungry, which in turn causes your intoxicated munchies, a phenomenon that researchers have dubbed with the very classy sounding name “the aperitif effect.” Yes, you’re screaming at the guy working at Jack in the Box because of “the aperitif effect.”