drinking alcohol when you're hungry

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Your Cocktail of Choice

Why you shouldn't choose it right now: You know that drinking on an empty stomach will make the booze hit you sooner, but it'll also leave you craving food, and not just because being a little tipsy leaves you vulnerable to rationalizing bar food and late-night pizza delivery as the best idea you ever had. Research shows that alcohol leads to lower levels of leptin, the hormone that lets your brain know when you've had enough to eat. Levels dropped by nearly 30 percent after subjects had three drinks in a small study in Alcohol and Alcoholism.

Make it better: If you're heading to happy hour on an empty stomach, stay away from the mixed nuts on the bar, as they're probably loaded with salt, and order an appetizer like veggies and dip or grilled chicken tenders before you start imbibing.