Why you crave hot chips after a night on the town
Don't feel too guilty when you drunkenly bite into a hot dog at 3 am – you can't argue with biology.
A pie or hot dog scoffed at 3 am is, quite simply, delicious. But why do we crave fatty and carb-rich food after drinking alcohol, which itself laden with kilojoules? It turns out the brain cells that make you hungry are also activated by alcohol.
Researchers in the UK put mice on the equivalent of a human weekend bender and found their subjects ate more food than teetotal counterparts. Examining the mouse brains, the team found a specific set of brain cells that drive hunger were activated in the presence of alcohol.
The work was published in Nature Communications.
Alcohol consumption and overeating are linked. Drinking an aperitif before a meal stimulates the appetite. Why, though, is a puzzle.
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CSN Editor: This is the reason why .... the brain cells that make you hungry are also activated by alcohol.