Binge drinking 5 drinks in an hour gets you much more drunk than if you were to have the 5 drinks over the course of a night-but why?
It turns out that the enzymes that allow you to digest alcohol get fully saturated when you drink. So once you have your first drink, any more that you have sits around in your body, making you that much drunker, raising your blood alcohol level that much higher, making your hangover that much nastier, and making potential mates that much hotter. All because your body can’t process the alcohol any faster. It’s like pouring more water into a funnel than the funnel can drain out the bottom: the excess water starts to fill up the funnel. This, my chemistry kiddies, is zero-order kinetics.
It also happens with aspirin and phenytoin (Dilantin), an anti-seizure drug.
Graham Walker. Taking the fun out of drinking since 2005.