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 BY MARYGRACE TAYLORNovember 18, 2015

Ever drank booze on an empty stomach? You get drunk—fast.  

But sometimes, even on a full stomach, you find yourself intoxicated
more quickly than usual.


1. You Switched Time Zones

Landing in a new time zone throws off your body’s circadian rhythm,
the inner clock that tells your brain when it’s time to feel awake and
tired. And when your circadian rhythm is screwed up, your metabolic
functions get thrown off, too.

As a result, your liver ends up processing alcohol less effectively,
says Scott Swartzwelder, Ph.D., a psychiatry professor at Duke
University and coauthor of Buzzed: The Straight Facts about the Most
Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy.  

However, the effects of jet lag don’t last long. Once your body
adjusts to the time change—you’ll need about a day for each time zone
you cross—your liver will be back to business as usual.  

2. You Caught a Cold

When you’re sick with any bug, you’re more likely to also be
dehydrated—which can cause your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to
rise faster, says Swartzwelder.  

That’s because there’s less water in your blood to dilute the alcohol.
As a result, the amount of booze in your blood is more concentrated,
so it packs a greater punch.

Related: 4 Best Ways to Prevent a Cold  

Plus, combining drowse-inducing meds like antihistamines or
anti-nausea drugs with alcohol can make you feel even more spaced out,
since booze is also sedating on its own.

3. You Skip the Gym

Muscle tissue contains water—and alcohol loves to hang out in H20. So
the more muscle mass you have, the more areas to attract booze.  

But if you’ve been MIA from the gym over the past few months, you may
have lost some of your muscle. The alcohol that would otherwise hang
out in your bulging biceps is now heading straight for your blood
stream, automatically increasing your BAC, says Swartzwelder.

Related: Get in The Best Shape of Your Life with The Anarchy Workout

4. You Lost Weight

Once you drop around 10 percent of your body weight, it takes less
alcohol to make you intoxicated, Swartzwelder says.  

Since you’re smaller, there’s less H20 in your body. Consuming the
same amount of booze you did when you were larger will get you drunker
a lot faster, he explains.


Imagine your body like a glass of water, he says. “If you put an ounce
of alcohol in a 12-ounce glass of water, the concentration will be
lower than if you put an ounce of alcohol in an 8-ounce glass of
water.”

5. You’re Over the Age of 25

After you pass the ripe old age of 25, you might start noticing that
you can’t quite polish off pints like you used to back in college.  

Because the brains of adolescents and young adults aren’t fully
developed, they process alcohol differently than those of people in
their mid-20s and beyond, Swartzwelder says. But researchers don’t
actually know what’s going on in the processing of the alcohol to make
it different.

“A younger guy will feel less sedated than an older guy with the same
BAC," says Swartzwelder.    

6. You’re Short on Sleep

When you’re exhausted, your mental processes slow down, causing you to
think and act a little more sluggish than normal.  

And if you start drinking alcohol (a sedative) while you’re tired,
you’ll feel drunker than you really are, says Swartzwelder.  

So even though your blood alcohol concentration won’t spike any higher
when you’re short on sleep, you’ll feel the effects of being drunk
more strongly. That’s because booze enhances the side effects of
exhaustion, making you act less alert, he explains.

This can happen after just one night of crappy sleep, Swartzwelder
says.  

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