Monday, January 2, 2012

Champagne makes you drunk faster

Pasta with tomato egg sauce
Food Diary (January 02, 2012)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with coconut, banana, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Lunch: Pasta with tomato egg sauce
Dinner: Lentil soup with spiced potatoes, spaghetti

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Golden Yu Sheng

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Does champagne go straight to your head?  Yes it does.

Carbonated beverages, like champagne, affects the brain faster than non-carbonated drinks. While alcohol is normally absorbed through the walls of the small intestine as the beverage moves through the lower digestive tract, this is only partially true with champagne. As a result of carbonation, a substantial amount of alcohol is absorbed through the walls of your stomach long before it even reaches the small intestine.

When exposed to the millions of tiny bubbles of trapped carbon dioxide in a carbonated drink, the overall pressure of the stomach cavity increases, facilitating the diffusion of ethanol from your stomach into your bloodstream.

A friend told me that drinking beer and other alcoholic beverages with a straw makes you drunk faster. She gave me a logical scientific explanation which made sense to me. Unfortunately I don’t remember the explanation but it seems to be the case. Perhaps something to keep in mind. 

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  1. I have a very interesting small book about hangover (how to avoid it + lots of food and drink recipes). The author says that when you drink with a straw the alcohol has more contact with the mouth than when you drink normally and swallow at once. Apparently this way it is being absorbed partly by the mouth contrary to when it's drunk without a straw, so on gets drunk quicker.
    Apparently also cocktails with sparkling water, coca-cola and other sparkling ingredients make one drunk quicker.

  2. I would love to hear the reason for the straw! I know another way to get real drunk fast but not an appropriate comment for ehre :-D

  3. Sissi: a book on hangovers? Sounds quite useful, would have been great to have it during university days:) That explanation about drinking with a straw makes sense.

    Cheap Ethnic Eatz: Oh, it would have been interesting to know

  4. I tried those Yu Sheng in Malaysia before, if I remember they are consumed on Chinese New Year with friends and family, mixing them together is fun and everyone should participate, also everyone should mix it higher which brings good luck.