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Is It Bad to Drink Alcohol on an Empty Stomach?

Learn if it is bad to drink alcohol on an empty stomach in this Howcast video featuring addictions specialist Paul J. Rinaldi, Ph.D.


People are often curious to know whether it's bad to drink alcohol on an empty stomach. In fact, when you drink on an empty stomach, you have nothing in your stomach to absorb the alcohol. So what happens is that your blood stream absorbs the alcohol much more quickly. If you have a full stomach, there's food in your stomach, that will actually absorb some of the alcohol; therefore, your blood stream will not receive the alcohol as quickly so you will get more. You'll feel the effects of alcohol very quickly on an empty stomach versus a full stomach.

The other thing that happens for people is that once they start drinking, alcohol fills you and you won't feel hungry as quickly as you might before you start drinking. So it's always advisable to eat a meal or eat something before you start drinking. Again, if you start drinking on an empty stomach, you're going to feel the effects more quickly, and you may forget to eat after that because you'll lose your feeling of hunger. So it's always advisable to have something good to eat before you have a drink.

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