I felt so bad the other day after drinking instead of eating supper the night before! It was actually scary. While I was berating myself for so obviously causing myself my own misery, I remembered a chapter in nutritionist Frederick Beyerlein’s book, Drink as Much as You Want and Live Longer, about how food affects hangovers.

This is what he says ” Food slows the rate of alcohol absorption, causing many drinkers to have a second or third drink. The additional drinks are necessary to achieve the lost ‘euphoria’ that should have been provided by the first drink if it had been consumed on an empty stomach. Therefore, a belly full of food may cause more drinking, not less (p 115).

What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch? —W.C. Fields (105)

The title of the chapter is Before, During, and After Drinking: Foods to Eat and Avoid and recommends eating “mostly base-forming and easily digested foods” and avoiding acid-forming foods.

There don’t seem to be many critiques of his work on the internet. In fact, there are only 7 reviews on the Amazon listing. If his theories are valid, why isn’t everyone following his program to be able to be a “normal” drinker? I haven’t heard about him through Moderation Management. Wonder if he’s still drinking and in good health. The book was published in 1999.