There are three main factors at play when excessive drinking turns into excessive pooping.
- Alcohol irritates the lining of your intestines, which can disrupt the muscle contractions that tell you when it’s time to drop a deuce. Specifically, the contractions get stronger and more frequent.
- When yourcolon goes into overdrive, it pushes out your poop before it has a chance to soak up excess liquid. Instead of dropping a well-formed fecal masterpiece, you churn out loose, watery poop. (If you’re wondering what your poop should look like,head over here).
- Alcohol depresses a hormone calledvasopressin, an anti-diuretic in the posterior pituitary gland that helps your kidneys balance the amount of water your body retains. When this hormone is thrown out of whack, your body struggles to hold on to water and releases what it can’t absorb. Hello, diarrhea.
“There is a triple whammy,” says gastroenterologist Andrew Black, M.D. “Too much fluid exiting, too little being absorbed, and the gut working overtime to push things out the door.”
Aside from the alcohol itself, there are two more culprits that have the potential to wreak havoc on your digestive system—and your toilet.
Swapping sugary soda for diet soda in your mixed drinks might cut calories, but you should be prepared to pay the price on the toilet.
Artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralosehave been known to disrupt digestive patterns and cause diarrhea (even Dr. Oz says so). Artificial sweeteners are found in diet sodas and sparkling water, two of the most common mixers. Guzzling these two liquids together is basically a poop potion.
Late Night Munchies
Remember those drive-thru tacos you crushed at 3 a.m.? Or that XL pizza that you finished alone because you’re not a quitter? Yeah, that late night greasy grub isn’t exactly optimal for your digestive system (shocker).
Fried, greasy, and fatty foods are notorious for causing indigestion. Couple that with a night full of heavy drinking and you’ve created the perfect storm for a mostrous morning poop.
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