RBT

Good morning, %FIRSTNAME%.

How a show like RBT made it to production is a mystery to me.

The fact that I enjoy watching it, is scary. 

But it provided a thought for today's email, so it has served a purpose.

I was watching last week, and a guy gets pulled over the night after drinking, I think he had been moving house or something similar.

He blew over.

When the police officer was explaining what he had done wrong and why, he mentioned that he hadn’t had anything to eat that morning, which contributed to his reading.

But that’s not actually the case.

Let me explain.

The reason that eating food slows alcohol uptake is that it decreases the rate of gastric emptying. Having food present slows gastric emptying, because there is more in there.

It all kind of gets mushed together - apologies to those who read this over breakfast - so a lesser proportion of the alcohol is able to get through.

If you drink on an empty stomach, everything goes into the bloodstream more quickly. It’s the same for sugar - eat it on it’s own, and blood sugar spikes quicker than with other foods.

It’s like a nightclub. 

On a quiet Thursday night, the boys and I can all head in as soon as we get there. But on a busy Saturday night, only the best-looking get let in first, so I’m inside on my own as the rest of my mate's file in over the next couple of hours.

Anyway, for the guy who was coming down from house-moving party, this is irrelevant. Because the alcohol is already in the bloodstream, gastric emptying is not a factor. 

The alcohol is already in the blood, so now it’s up to the liver to break it down and remove it. The liver works at a set rate and won’t change for anybody.

So whether you eat bacon and eggs, a salad, or nothing, it won’t make a difference.

Electrolytes, caffeine, fluid, and glucose can increase alertness or settle down any imbalances, but they don’t change the rate of alcohol processing.

The rate limiting factor for uptake is gastric emptying.

The rate limiting factor for breakdown is the liver.

Drink, and eat, responsibly. 

Tom Fitzgerald