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  • 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% of drinkers doing it frequently and heavily.

  • The WHO put 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?

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  • 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, others say 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% 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 that has 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 6 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% of those questioned said it was related to weight gain and only 21% 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 stomachparticularly proteins, fats, and dense carbohydratesslows 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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    Angel Hsu posted on 2019/09/30
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