Here’s What Happens When You Drink On An Empty Stomach

People have very different reasons for drinking. For some, it’s a weekend-binge during college that peters off as they get a bit older. For some, it’s a glass of wine with dinner to loosen up the conversation a bit and that’s it. For some people, it’s their way of getting through the day.

Not everybody who drinks is an alcoholic, and people have their own experiences with alcohol, but there are some important things to know.

For starters, it’s good to know the way the body reactions to alcohol and to understand that the more someone drinks, the more their body changes and becomes dependent on the alcohol not just mentally but physically, too.

This Is What Happens When You Drink Alcohol On An Empty Stomach:

When you drink alcohol on an empty stomach, the drink is absorbed into the bloodstream much faster. This can lead to more intense intoxication, more quickly. This can be dangerous because a person can get black-out drunk after much fewer drinks than they’re used to, and that can be a very dangerous situation to be in.

Furthermore, if you drink alcohol on an empty stomach it can cause dehydration faster and can increase the risk of alcohol poisoning. You’ll want to drink water in between your other drinks, but ideally, get some food in your stomach as soon as you can.

Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach can cause digestive problems, such as nausea or vomiting or more long-term issues. This is because alcohol irritates the stomach and can cause its lining to become inflamed. Finally, drinking alcohol on an empty stomach can worsen or cause certain medical conditions, like ulcers or gastritis.

In order to prevent these problems, it’s important to eat before drinking alcohol. Eating a substantial meal about an hour before drinking will slow down the absorption of the alcohol and allow your body to process it more safely. Additionally, eating a snack before bed may help to prevent the “morning after” hangover that can be caused by drinking on an empty stomach.

Should You Avoid Drinking Alcohol On An Empty Stomach?

Yes, you should avoid drinking on an empty stomach.

It’s harmful to your body in the ways outlined above, and it’s also less predictable since the alcohol might hit you a lot harder than you would expect it to.

In summary, drinking alcohol on an empty stomach can be dangerous and should be avoided. Eating a full meal before consuming alcohol will help to reduce the risk of negative effects from drinking and make it easier to enjoy the night without lasting consequences.

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Martijn van Eijk
Martijn is a passionate creator and the driving force behind He created this website to assist individuals and their families in conquering alcohol addiction and finding a joyful, fulfilling life after alcohol. With a deep understanding of the challenges they face, he empowers readers with valuable insights and practical guidance on their journey towards recovery. Author of the Stop Shaking Book.