Why You Shouldn't Drink On An Empty Stomach

By Aly Walansky |

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We’ve all had those nights where we have a drink (or three) at happy hour without eating and barely lived to tell the story. And with a long holiday weekend upon us, we’re facing the distinct possibility of drinking too much without eating.

And while pretty much everyone knows that’s a bad idea, the BBC went in depth (and inside a human being) to look at why it’s important to line your stomach before imbibing.  

The video below details the issues with drinking on an empty stomach, but a warning for any squeamish viewers, there is an interior shot of someone’s stomach.

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In the video, Natalie and Javid drank the same quantity of wine, but Natalie had not eaten any food. Just minutes later, Natalie ended up scoring double on a breathalyzer, and these results stayed higher a half hour and an hour later as well.

The moral is something we’ve long known but chosen to ignore: Alcohol hits us fast and hard if we do not line our stomach with food. Keep this in mind and go for those free nuts at the bar tonight – it may lead to less regrets this weekend!

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