While the “munchies” and “drunchies” are often associated with drug or alcohol use, there has been limited scientific study surrounding how the brain mediates this process. In the first study of its kind, researchers out of Indiana University School of Medicine’s Departments of Medicine and Neurology took a look at the brain’s role in “mediating caloric intake following alcohol consumption among women.”

“‘The brain, absent contributions from the gut, can play a vital role in regulating food intake. Our study found that alcohol exposure can both increase the brain’s sensitivity to external food cues, like aromas, and result in greater food consumption,’ said Dr. Eiler. ‘Many alcoholic beverages already include empty calories, and when you combine those calories with the aperitif effect, it can lead to energy imbalance and possibly weight gain.'”

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