Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach causes alcohol to

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  • Be absorbed by your bloodstream more slowly
  • Not be absorbed by your bloodstream at all
  • Leave your bloodstream more quickly


Food can slow down the absorption of alcohol. This delaying action prevents large amounts of alcohol from going to your head immediately. But eating won?t prevent the absorption of alcohol into your system. Alcohol passes directly through your stomach and small intestine into the bloodstream, where it flows to all parts of your body. On an empty stomach this process takes place almost immediately. On a full stomach, it takes somewhat longer.

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