Ladies, ever had a case of the munchies after drinking a cocktail or a glass of wine? This “apéritif effect” is well known, but now science can explain it.
A new study measuring the brain’s role in mediating caloric intake following alcohol consumption among women has found that alcohol exposure sensitizes the brain’s response to food aromas. The research, led by William J. A. Eiler II, PhD, of the Indiana University School of Medicine’s departments of medicine and neurology, showed that a higher food intake linked to alcohol does not rely entirely on the oral ingestion of alcohol and its absorption through the gut. The study was published in the July issue of the journal Obesity (2015; 23 , 1386-93).