I wanted to share a fact that I learned in my physiology class that may help us all hold our alcohol a little better on NYE and possibly feel a little less hung over on New Year’s Day!
Alcohol is lipid-soluble and begins to be absorbed in the stomach. However, alcohol can be absorbed into the bloodstream much more rapidly via the small intestines. The longer we can keep it on our stomachs before it moves into the small intestines, the more slowly our blood alcohol levels will rise. The way to keep alcohol in our stomachs longer and to slow down the absorption process is to consume it with fat-rich foods. So, do yourself a favor and indulge in that NYE dinner! Or you can just take a couple of spoonfuls of olive oil before you start drinking. Seems kind of gross, but should do the trick.
Have a fun & safe NYE everyone!
Source: Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, Tortora & Derrickson, 2009 (p.959)
um… I thought you weren’t supposed to eat before drinking so you could get drunker faster… maybe as we get older the goal of drinking is supposed to change… lol
Haha … It is much cheaper to get drunk that way!