QUESTION & ANSWER
Question:We all know that a good ‘stomach lining’ slows down the absorption of alcohol in the blood. But just how important is it to eat a good meal the morning after? I know from personal experience that I need a ‘square’ meal the day after, mostly spaghetti. Not only because it gives me the feeling that I’m recovering ‘faster’, but also because I get that nice ‘warm’ feeling inside as the spaghetti goes down. How do I get that feeling? And is it really a good idea to eat a good meal the morning after a heavy session?
Answer: Anyone who goes out and ‘gets a good skinful’ sets off heavy chemical weather in the stomach and neurological thunder and lightning in the brain. The forms of expression are highly individual, and depend on your personal make-up. So it’s hardly surprising that your stomach, after putting in all the overtime, should wish to more or less return to its old habits the morning after. The brain receives the signals, compares with past experience, and decides that the spaghetti will settle the troubled system down again. Which explains the likelihood of a pleasant reaction. Whether such a chemico-neurological explanation gives the last-word answer to your question is uncertain. Scientific tests in which the human guinea pigs are asked to drink themselves legless and try eating the morning after will probably offend the current code of ethics governing medical scientific tests.