Why Carbonated Drinks Get You Drunk Faster

Fizzier Gets You Fuzzier Faster

By James Madeiros


There are lots of alcoholic beverages out there and many of them pack a different punch. Most people familiar with alcohol content know that beer is usually the weakest by volume, followed by wine and then liquor (with a few special exceptions).

Whether an alcoholic drink is carbonated also plays a role in its toxicity. This may trend against the common-sense understanding that a fluid with a higher alcohol by volume (ABV) gets a person intoxicated faster.

Nevertheless, carbonated alcoholic drinks are absorbed more quickly, and the science of carbonation holds the key.

Carbonated alcoholic drinks in this sense should not be limited only to those drinks that are created with carbon dioxide infused in them, like champagne, beer and some flavored alcoholic spritzers.

It includes any alcoholic drink that is ingested along with a carbonated mixer as well, because the magic happens in the stomach, rather than in the drink. Carbonation increases pressure in the stomach, which helps to force alcohol into the bloodstream via the stomach lining.

So, the next time you have a bloated feeling while drinking a carbonated alcoholic beverage, it will do you well to note that your discomfort is having the interesting side effect of getting you intoxicated faster.

Of course, I should remind everyone that our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, you should work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. If you’re going to drink, do it legally and responsibly; don’t be stupid =).

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