Here Are the Main Reasons You Crave Junk Food When You're Drunk

Anybody want a hamburger? There is a reason for that!
Anybody want a hamburger?

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24-hour diners exist for a reason.

Have you ever found yourself stumbling into a diner or fast food after a night of shameless imbibing? After you’ve had a few too many, you truly live for the moment where you can sink your teeth into a juicy hamburger or a bucket of fries.

These deadly foods are undeniably delicious when you’re sober, but they’re are easier to avoid when you haven’t been hitting the bars all night. So, why do we crave junk food the most when we’re feeling tipsy? Believe it or not, there’s science behind it. Here are the two main reasons you crave the bad stuff when you’re drunk.

They’re Full of Salt and Sugar

Ever wondered why you don’t crave a salad or a fresh bowl or fruit after a night of drinking? Salt and sugar is the reason. According to Men’s Health, a study conducted by Purdue University found that the consumption of alcohol enhances the taste of salt, fat, and sugar. This is why those extra salty chicken fingers and fries taste so good — they’re loaded with the stuff your body picks up on after a night of drinking.

You Never Feel Full

If you’ve ever felt like your stomach is a bottomless pit that could handle an endless amount of food after drinking, you’re not alone. A lot of times, dinner lasts longer with a few drinks. Since alcohol is a toxin, its calories are not recognized by the body like they are with food. Instead of absorbing the calories, your body treats alcohol as a poison and metabolizes the calories as quick as it can. Because of this, you feel extra hungry and you never feel full.

There you have it. The more you drink, the more you will feel the need to indulge in deadly foods. Looking for ways to reduce your cravings? Check out these tricks.

The accompanying slideshow is provided by Daily Meal Eat/Dine Editor Dan Myers.

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