You ever have one of those nights where, after one too many drinks and 2AM rolls around, pale-yellow eggs, wrinkly sausages and overly floury pancakes suddenly taste absolutely amazing? You're not alone. DNews uses science to explain why we tend to eat trashy foods when we're drunk.
Alcohol has a complex interaction with your body, but that "drunk hunger" is partly due to a neuropeptide called AgRP (agoti-related protein), which makes you want to eat even if you're not hungry. At the same time, it's believed to suppress your appetite-regulating hormone leptin so you never quite feel full either.
Heavy drinking can give you a hangover, sure, but part of the reason you feel so sluggish and worn out after a night of drinking is because you get such terrible sleep. It only takes a couple of drinks to ruin your rest, but all isn't lost. Here's how to turn a potentially restless night into something that's at least a little recharging.
What's more, the effects of alcohol can change how your brain processes the taste, texture and overall palatability of foods. That means you might find yourself craving a cold, floppy pizza that you wouldn't normally eat and thinking it tastes like something that Gordon Ramsay lovingly prepared for you. Also, your tendency to eat horrible foods when you drink is a big reason why excessive drinking leads to weight gain, so check out this article on how to drink alcohol without messing up your weight loss efforts.