Ever leave the bar feeling like a ravenous creature that hasn’t eaten for a week, despite having dinner just hours before?
Of course you have.
But as it turns out, you don’t have to blame yourself for those eight slices of pizza you shamelessly inhaled after sending your ex a series of undecipherable, nonsensical texts Friday night.
That’s right. Science just confirmed that the insatiable food urges you always seem to get when you’re shit-faced aren’t actually your fault. You can now, officially, blame it on the alcohol.
According to a recent study published in the scientific journal Nature Communications, alcohol can put your brain into ‘starvation mode’.
In a study using mice, researchers gave each rodent alcohol that equated to approximately one and a half bottles of wine over a period of three days.
The scientists found that the liquor activated AGRP neurons, which are typically active when the body is starving, and caused the mice to increase their food intake.
The experiment was then repeated a second time using a drug that blocked the AGRP neurons in the mice’s brains.
Lucky for your drunk ass, the second study saw the mice eat less when the neuron was blocked, therefore suggesting that AGRP neurons play a key role in alcohol-induced eating.
Sarah Cains, the co-lead author of the study, told Scientific American the results show that ‘if you have an increased alcohol intake, then you’re going to, as a result of that through the effect of alcohol on your brain, have an elevated level of food intake.’
So next time you leave the bar feeling like a monstrous eating machine seeking out every pizza joint you can spot, you don’t have to blame yourself – you can blame the alcohol.