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Hot alcohol: do you get drunk faster with mulled wine?
Feasting on the Christmas market is part of Advent for many Germans. In addition to gingerbread, Christmas stollen or hearty dishes, one or two glasses of mulled wine should not be missing. However, you should be very careful with this, as the hot drink should make you drunk faster than normal wine. But is that really true?
Mulled wine gets into your blood faster
The attack in Berlin will probably ensure that fewer people visit Christmas markets, but many will not let this pleasure go away. Gingerbread, stollen, baked apples and Co.: The enjoyment of the Christmas delicacies is particularly popular when strolling the stalls. Mulled wine is also very popular with many Germans. However, warnings are often given: warm mulled wine gets into the blood faster and gets drunk faster than normal red wine. Experts know what the claim is about.
Rapid intoxicating effects
Health expert Karin Müller from TÜV Rheinland explained this years ago: “Alcohol that is hot to drink enlarges the vessels and stimulates the metabolism and circulation. That is why the alcohol passes into the blood faster and leads to an intoxicating effect faster. "
How quickly the hot drinks make you drunk also depends on the preparation. It should be noted: "The alcohol content of a mulled wine varies from booth to booth, so that it is not possible to say exactly how many alcohols will 'end up' in the blood," explained the TÜV.
Legal guidelines for mulled wine
According to EU law, it is fundamentally forbidden to stretch mulled wine with water or to heat it to over 78 degrees. The alcohol content may be between at least seven and at most 14.5 percent. The hot drink may be made from red or white wine and contain spices such as cinnamon and cloves.
Does alcohol warm?
When talking about mulled wine, it is often said that alcohol warms. Is that correct? "Subjectively yes, objectively no," said the Berlin general practitioner Stephan Bernhardt in a message from the dpa news agency.
You do get the feeling of being warmed. "But that is only because the alcohol suppresses the feeling of cold, you do not notice the cold." Alcohol also ensures that you lose more fluid. "If you drink, it's much easier to cool down," says the doctor.
To make matters worse, the vessels on the arms and legs close when it is very cold, because under extreme conditions the body primarily heats the head and trunk. "Alcohol opens up these peripheral vessels again and the heat is missing where it would actually be needed at the moment."
Tips for frostbite
To warm up there are much better tips for frostbite. There are also delicious hot drinks - without alcohol - that help keep you warm, such as teas, at Christmas markets.
Not to forget: a hot soup helps enormously against the cold. Spicy dishes are often recommended in this context, for example with ginger or spices such as chilli, cayenne pepper or cinnamon.
It is of course important to protect yourself against the cold from the outside. It makes sense to dress on the onion principle.
Lots of calories in the Christmas season
A negative side effect of visits to the Christmas market and the consumption of mulled wine is the increased calorie intake. In the Advent season and at Christmas there is often much more feasting than usual.
When it comes to quickly reducing calories, health experts usually refer to a subsequent low-calorie diet and a lot of exercise. (ad)