Now that we spend a lot of time at home because of the corona crisis, it might be tempting to have an alcoholic drink in the afternoon. Although drinking during the day has the same (adverse) effects on the body as drinking in the evening, there are more disadvantages to the drink in daylight.
Search the hashtag #daydrinking and you'll get 1.5 million results on Instagram. Drinking alcohol during the day seems more popular than ever, but according to food trend watcher Esther Haanschoten, there is no trend.
"Ordering a glass of wine for lunch on a working day, as they do in Italy and Spain, is becoming increasingly common in the Netherlands."
A lunch in combination with a good glass of wine or beer will help you escape your hectic life. "In London, you normally see many business people drinking a glass of beer during their lunch break, in combination with a savory sandwich or snack," says Haanschoten. "And in New York they like to drink a glass of alcohol during the weekend brunch. Think of a mimosa or bloody mary."
"The sooner you start drinking, the more likely you are to drink more." Kees Kramers, professor
Haanschoten can well imagine that now that people are sitting at home because of the corona crisis, a glass of beer or wine is drunk more often during the week - also during the day. "Especially in combination with the beautiful weather of the past period."
The Dutch mainly drink beer or wine, but there are more and more alternatives that make it easier and perhaps faster to drink a drink during the day without being 'bothered' by it. Haanschoten: "Think of beer with a low alcohol percentage, hard seltzers and canned cocktails with a low alcohol percentage."
"A lunch in combination with a good glass of wine or beer will help you escape your hectic life." Esther Haanschoten, food trend watcher
The big difference between drinking during the day and evening
According to Kees Kramers, professor and internist / clinical pharmacologist at Radboudumc, there is one important difference between drinking during the day and evening: the contents of your stomach. In the evening you usually have a good bottom for dinner.
"If you drink in the evening, the absorption of alcohol is therefore spread a bit more, so that you reach slightly less high peak levels," says Kramers.
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According to him, the time of day will not make much difference to the effect on your body. Yet he warns against consuming alcohol during the day. "The earlier in the day you start drinking, the more likely you are to drink more."
In short, it all depends on whether you can leave it with that one drink in the afternoon. "People are creatures of habit. If you are used to drinking a wine in the evening, I wonder if you will adjust your evening if you have already drunk in the afternoon. That is the danger, because fact remains that drinking less alcohol is healthier. "