04-27-12, 04:33 AM #1
Eating chips to "soak up" alcohol
I had two interesting thought, one I forgot, which is unfortunate as I seem to remember thinking that one was actually quite interesting... nevertheless, I do recall the second which is this: Eating wedges/chips/french fries to "soak up" alcohol.
Firstly: Is this even possible? I mean, yes, on an empty stomach you do get drunk quickly but - I don't know if the food "soaks it up". It's all getting pulverized into a juice anyway. There's nothing there to soak up anything.
Second: Why buy a drink with alcohol just to soak up the alcohol?!?! Just buy non-alcoholic drinks or, better yet, drink a bit slower. It really doesn't make any sense to pay for alcohol just to "soak it up" with chips
What the hell else was I thinking about?? Something to do with Indian chicks and cute eyes maybe? Grrrrrr......
04-27-12, 08:28 AM #2
Eating crackers to do that isn't going to help to much from getting drunk if you consume allot of alcohol. While eating when drinking does have some affect on how fast you get drunk it won't stop the inevitable from happening if you overindulge.
04-27-12, 11:57 PM #3
Before or after it enters the blood stream?
It would probably be good for you to get a good understanding of the actual physiological cycle -
Absorbed into blood stream
oxidized by liver
Then you could take something like - for example (I'm just talking out of my ass here) how changes in stomach contents vs. changes in current ratio of unabsorbed ethanol in stomach can be effected by changed parts per N vectored against time ..... or something like that. Just a wild guess.
04-28-12, 03:42 PM #4
So you shove some food into your stomach. Something porous and absorbent like starch. It's not magic but it will surely soak up some of the alcohol for a little while and slow down the absorption a little bit.
I prefer drinking after I've finished eating. I find that it goes to my head much faster if I drink before the meal. If I drink just one beer on an empty stomach, I wouldn't dare drive my car. Not even here in the USA where drunk driving is our national sport.
An hour after a meal, no problem.
04-29-12, 12:22 PM #5
I've also heard that drinking milk before you start drinking alcohol will also help you from getting drunk to fast, but it is really how much and how fast you consume alcohol not what you eat or drink that will be the determining factor.
04-29-12, 06:48 PM #6
04-29-12, 08:01 PM #7
The contents of your stomach and small intestine will influence the rate at which alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream. However, alcohol metabolism has zero-order kinetics. In other words, once alcohol enters the bloodstream, it is metabolized at a fixed rate that is independent of the amount of alcohol you have consumed. So, “sobering up” remedies like hot coffee and cold showers do nothing to speed up the clearance of alcohol from the body.
04-29-12, 10:39 PM #8
A matter of contextOriginally Posted by Michael
Most people think of soaking up alcohol as affecting intoxication. This doesn't work.
But think of the hangover. Most people who vomit in response to excessive alcohol do so for one of two reasons. The more dangerous is alcohol poisoning, which can kill. Far more mundane is simple irritation of the stomach lining.
Soaking up alcohol with food can reduce stomach irritation. It does nothing about general intoxication except, perhaps, by increasing blood glucose in the face of an ethanol onslaught.
Chips, crisps, bread, and other starchy, plain foods work well for this. Pasta, popcorn, and so on.
Most of what we do in order to alleviate alcoholic excess involves the after-effects. Drinking a lot of water doesn't prevent the spins when you go to bed. But, if you keep it down, it reduces your dehydration headache in the morning and, yes, helps reduce stomach irritation. Soaking up alcohol after you've started drinking will help in the morning, as well. But no, it doesn't do much about actual intoxication.
04-30-12, 09:34 AM #9
This won't make you a legal driver but it may allow you to avoid making a complete fool of yourself at a party on in a bar, and to take care of your domestic chores when you get home, such as making sure the dog went out and came back in, locking the doors, and taking your shoes off before crawling into bed.
A cold shower will help keep you awake.
This is why drinks like original-formula Red Bull were invented: You get all the intoxication from the alcohol, but the massive dose of caffeine keeps you awake, energetic, and more-or-less alert.
Normally I recommend chocolate as a stimulant because it contains not only caffeine but theobromine, which is a slightly different and less edgy kind of stimulant. But chocolate concoctions are full of sugar and the caffeine concentration is rather low, so for this purpose they might do more harm than good.
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