The BAC calculations presented in our Virtual Bar assume that you’re drinking on an empty stomach, but that’s not something we’d recommend.
Why not? Well, on an empty stomach, the alcohol you consume is absorbed more quickly than if you’ve eaten.
When food’s added to the equation, the absorption process is slowed, reducing your BAC and helping your body process the alcohol you’ve consumed. In fact, 30 minutes after drinking, food can result in a reduction of 34 to 81 percent in BAC, at 60 minutes the reduction in BAC can be as much as 32 to 58 percent, and at 2 hours the reduction can be 22 to 54 percent, according to the experts.
The exact amount of the reduction depends on a lot of factors, like the size of the meal (calories), the type of food you eat and your metabolism, to name a few. And research has shown that high-protein meals (like meat, fish, poultry, dairy, eggs, and tofu… if tofu’s your thing) reduce peak BAC levels the most followed by high-carb meals (pasta/rice, breads/rolls, and potatoes), while high-fat meals have little effect on reducing your BAC.
So, if you’re going to drink, make sure you do it responsibly, have a plan for a safe way home, don’t do it on an empty stomach, and always stay within your limits.