Since keto-style diets revolve around eating fats but almost no carbs, the rate at which you’ll go from feeling totally fine to completely wasted is probably much quicker than it would be for someone who filled up on hearty rice, bread, or pasta.
When your body is in ketosis, the glycogen (AKA fuel from carbs) in your bloodstream is limited and can’t absorb much alcohol, so you get drunk faster.
“When you’ve eaten a lot of carbs and your glycogen stores are filled, the rate at which you get drunk usually slows down. This is because there are more substances in your bloodstream and body that are capable of absorbing alcohol,” nutritionist and natural doctor Josh Axe told Men’s Health. But when your body is in ketosis, the glycogen in your bloodstream is limited, so you get drunk faster. Axe says even eating a high-protein meal beforehand won’t slow intoxication as well as carbs would.
Luckily, there’s a way you can be on a keto diet and still enjoy the occasional happy hour; you just need to follow a handful of important rules, according to Ginger Hultin, RDN. Though eating a high-fat, high-protein meal is not as effective at blocking effects of alcohol consumption as eating carbs, you should still never drink on an empty stomach. Make sure to consume plenty of low-carb fruits and veggies, and stay super hydrated by having a glass of water per drink. And never have more than one drink per hour. (In fact, these are probably smart drinking tips to implement regardless of your nutrition habits.)
With these must-dos, you’ll be able to enjoy a glass of wine with friends—and not have to worry about getting so inebriated that you have a massive hangover and foggy memories the next day.