I keep seeing articles asking and claiming that drinking on a plane can make you more drunk than if you were on land. At first I bought into the idea that 1 drink in the air is equal to 3 drinks on the ground, but then I started digging. It turns out that your blood alcohol level is in no way affected by the altitude. The only difference it does make is that you may feel the affects of the alcohol more because of the way your body process oxygen in a pressurized cabin. This fun little fact was even tested out on Myth Busters and they ended up providing me with sufficient proof that you do not get “more” drunk on an airplane.
Another very reasonable explanation for why plane travel can lead to being/feeling more drunk is because we often drink more in a shorter amount of time than we would on the ground. Damn those adorable little mini bottles. Plus I don’t know if you’re like me, but I always fall victim to the “deals” on drinks that they offer. I once got 3 mini tanqueray gin bottles because it was 1 for $8 or 3 for $21. Marketing really works on the weak (me). And finally the only other reason I can provide is this blog. I am always posting about what you should bring on your flight to start your vacation before you leave the tarmac. So I am probably partially to blame for this commonly accepted myth.
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