Ever experienced a morning glued to your porcelain throne after an evening of overindulgence?
This sensation, drinking-induced diarrhea, is not uncommon. There are actual reasons why drinking gives you the runs, so if you find yourself in a shitty situation the morning-after, take comfort in the fact that you're not alone.
Alcohol, like many nutrients, is absorbed in the small intestine. And it doesn't play nicely with others—alcohol blocks the absorption of many nutrients and fluids, leaving you with more water in your stool.
But the juices don't stop flowing there, alcohol's impact on the nervous system can also increase bowel motility and therefore transit time, leaving you running to the john.
Some alcohol offenders, of course, are worse than others. Beer is notorious for a phenomenon known as DADS (day-after-drinking-stool), and wine isn't far behind on having a sometimes shitty reputation.
What can you do to avoid the runny poo? Well, the answer is one you may not like hearing: moderate your alcohol intake level.
No matter what your poop-poison of choice, be sure to hydrate and space drinks with glasses of water.