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So long as you're able to drink moderately and responsibly, I have absolutely nothing negative to say about alcohol. Do I think it' sort of insane that alcohol is the fourth leading cause of preventable death in The U.S. and it's STILL legal—yeah, for sure! But, to be fair, we tried prohibition once and it just didn't stick, so whaddya gonna do?!
While most people can in fact handle their liquor, we've all been in a situation where the booze hits us too hard or the wrong way and it's off the bathroom we go! Occasionally people will force themselves to vomit in the hopes of feeling better, but other times, there's very, very little free-will involved. There are forces far greater than you at play. You don't have to head my warning, it just be nice to know next time you're hugging the porcelain throne at a bar.
As per Medical Daily—in a study conducted by The University of Dallas—"Alcohol is actually an irritant and can upset your stomach. In fact, drinking too much alcohol can even lead to gastritis, which is when your stomach lining gets irritated, inflamed and erodes. Symptoms vary but include indigestion, stomach pain, nausea, upset stomach and more vomiting."
An irritant? How pleasant! I'm really excited to hit the bottle this weekend. Medical Daily continues—"The reason that we can get so drunk without realizing it is because alcohol is released from the stomach and into our bloodstream even after we stop drinking. This allows the alcohol in our body to increase so we keep getting more and more drunk. Plus, alcohol is absorbed quickly, but takes longer to get out of the system."
If anything, this is making me feel slightly better about things because again, there really are greater forces at play here. That doesn't mean it's excusable to speed the process up, it just means every now and then, when you're playing with fire, you're gonna get burned!
The good news is that the shitty feeling won't last forever and chances are you aren't going to vomit for days on end, but it's still nice to know how to fix it, or at least make it better—you can't have it all— The University of Michigan recommends waiting several hours before eating. When drinking water, attempt only small amounts or eat ice chips every 15 minutes for about four hours. Then, you can drink clear liquids like flat soda, sports drinks or water using the same method. If you’re doing well, go ahead and eat bland foods that are easy to tolerate like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast or crackers.