Why do you get hungry when you're drunk?

Monday 18th July 2011
Submitted by hashworth1

A 2009 study at the University of Sussex showed that alcohol directly affects the appetite centre of the brain so that energy dense foods like chips and curry seem more attractive after a drink.

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