I always eat crap when I drink alcohol. How do I put a stop to that? Zeke, Umtata
Pre-game your eating. Pre-emptive measures while you’re still sober can work. By “crap”, we’ll assume you mean food that’s sweet, salty, energy-dense, or all three. Those are exactly what humans have an innate liking for, says Martin Yeomans, a U.K.-based experimental psychologist who’s been studying eating and drinking behaviours for 30 years. Alcohol turns Thoughtful Zeke into Uninhibited Zeke, making these foods harder to resist. There is even evidence suggesting that alcohol has a direct pharmacological impact on appetite, Yeomans says. Before you go out, eat some nuts or avocado, says Boston University nutritionist Joan Salge-Blake. Healthy fats stay in your stomach longer than carbs do, and help delay your body’s absorption of alcohol – possibly helping you make more deliberate food choices as a result. At the bar, alternate between alcohol and water or soda water. And if a craving does hit, try popcorn. Its volume will quickly make you feel full, so there’s less room for crap.