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Thought: Are vegetarians hit harder by alcohol?

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Thought: Are vegetarians hit harder by alcohol?

kickling | Nov 4, 2008 03:19 AM

Just a thought on foods here.

I've always wondered (being a meat lover myself) whether vegetarians, due to the foods that they eat (or lack of meat), can make them slightly more prone to feeling the effects of alcohol on their bodies? I've read cases where people have converted to being a vegetarian and suddenly coming up with worse and more frequent hangovers.

Now I know that everyone is different, and it really depends on your body size, gender, and how efficient your liver is, but I can't help but wonder whether the foods we eat can influence our body's reaction to alcohol? I have read some articles showing studies where vegetarians can have lower levels of certain vitamins such as B12 and vitamin D and even Omega3.

I know that eating greasy foods (usually meats - burgers, pizzas, sausages) prior to drinking helps reduce the apparent effects due to coating the stomach with oils and fats, but I'm more interested on whether anyone knows whether prolonged exclusion of meat is related to alcohol effects on the body.

Your thoughts?

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