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CategoriesNooks and also cranniesYesteryearSemantic enigmasThe body beautifulRed tape, white liesSpeculative scienceThis sceptred isleRoot of all evilEthical conundrumsThis sporting lifeStage and also screenBirds and the bees THE BODY BEAUTIFULI have read somewhere that sipping alcoholic drinks via a straw provides the alcohol "work" even more quickly and also intensively. Is this true? If so, how?Alan Mazonowicz, Brussels, Belgium It is true. Reducing the air pressure above the drink (by sucking it up the straw) causes a propercent of the alcohol to vapouincrease. The alcohol vapour diffuses directly right into the bloodstream in the mouth, and begins "working" practically automatically. The liquid alcohol gets into the bloodstream a lot later on, in the stomach and also intestines, and also slower. Simon Blake, Shrewsbury England Several of the alchohol evaporates from the drink and also ends up in your lungs as you breathe. From there, it has a straight route right into the bloodstream (a lot as the nicotine does in cigarette smoke) rather than the tortuous route via your digestive system. Paul Wright, Basildon UK Neither of the over answers rings true. Surely the volume of alcohol vapour in the percentage of straw not occupied by liquid must be miniscule. This evaporation should also occur in the normal means of drinking. I think it"s much even more likely that you simply drink faster without realising. Alan Mazonowicz, Brussels Belgium I disagree aobtain, tright here is an area at the ago of the throat that has an extremely thin membrane and also alcohol passes across it very easily. Drinking via a straw outcomes in less liquid being taken in each time you swallow. This suggests that you swallow more frequently and also the liquid is in call via the membrane for longer. Matt Coyne, London, UK Add your answer

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