A Swedish study had participants consume alcohol after eating breakfast versus not eating breakfast on two separate days. The blood alcohol content on days that they did not eat was 30% higher than on days that they did eat despite consuming the exact same alcohol. This is significant because blood alcohol content of .06 consists of slightly exaggerated emotions and an impairment of judgment. Increasing that by just 30% shows characteristics vision and speech impairment. This continue to grow exponentially and may lead to loss of self-control, inability to use motor skills, and even loss of consciousness at a more rapid rate than if food was in the stomach.
In short, drinking alcohol on an empty stomach leads to higher levels of blood alcohol concentration and more visible signs of intoxication. It is a good idea to consume foods high in fat, protein, and dense carbohydrates to slow the absorption of alcohol. Since fat takes the longest to digest, it is recommended that foods high in fat are consumed before drinking alcohol. Unfortunately, drinking alcohol often suppresses appetite due to gastric juice flow so it is vitally important to eat a meal before drinking in order to reduce the risk of the aforementioned side effects from alcohol consumption.
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