From the session we held tonight, I share a couple of things that you may not have known or given much thought to:
- the reason men can drink a little more than women during the same time period has to do an enzyme that breaks down alcohol - they have more of it than women.
- body fat does not absorb alcohol (women usually have more than men and some people have more than others)
- carbonated beverages whether mixed with alcohol or drunk in the same time period as an alcoholic beverage, exacerbate the effects of alcohol because the carbonation irritates the lining of the stomach and alcohol is absorbed quicker
- food can help slow absorption but only if you eat before and during a drinking "event" and only if it is a substantial food - i.e. protein and whole grains, NOT white bread (that is a myth and a bad one)
- drinking most often includes an initial buzz and then a depressive phase, it is said to be biphasic. As the alcohol content goes up, the depressive symptoms increase. One of our talking points tonight was that when a person is fatigued and drinks, the initial buzz phase does not occur. As we talked about this, it became clear that alcohol seems to emphasize or exaggerate whatever one is feeling. IF you are happy, alcohol makes you happier, sad - sadder, angry -angrier.
- water! both alcohol and carbonated beverages can lead to dehydration. To prevent it, one needs to drink water the whole evening, not at the end of the evening. At that point, it will just be "peed" away. This has to do with upsetting the body's water table. I am not sure how that works, but you can cut me some slack for not knowing. I am the obesity person remember!
I will offer one comment the young ladies made in the what is good about alcohol section - someone said something about feeling grown up - which led her peer to say, "what like being 30 and having wine night." I could not stop laughing....