Alcohol and Gatorade

Some people in my dorm told me the other day that you shouldnt mix vodka with gatorade because the alcohol goes straight into your bloodstream. WTF??? How do they come to this conclusion? Even if it does go straight to the bloodstream, is that necessarily bad??


I don’t know how using Gatorade as a mixer might affect the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream, but it occurs to me that the ultimate objective of ingesting alcohol, however one might, is to get it into the bloodstream.

Man, I would hook up to a Vodka bottle interveinously if possible :slight_smile:

No answer to the OP, but a product called HopN’Gator was once marketed that was a combination of beer and Gatorade. I would imagine that this means it’s perfectly safe to combine alcohol and Gatorade, if slightly less than profitable.

Thanks for the help guys.


that is just gross

Alcohol already goes straight into your bloodstream. Diluting it just means that you don’t get as much of it per unit volume.

IIRC, all the alcohol in a drink is absorbed by the time it gets through the duodenum (first part of the small intestine). And its absorbtion starts as soon as it hits your lips. If you could possibly hold your drink in your mouth instead of swallowing, you could absorb the alcohol that way.

I had vodka and Gatorade once a couple years ago. I haven’t noticed any adverse effects, but some here might disagree. As for short term effects, it didn’t seem any more or less potent than a screwdriver of the same strength. On the other hand, I was quite drunk when I started drinking.

As for holding a drink in your mouth, I’ve seen people hold a shot of 151 in their mouth for up to 4 minutes. I can’t vouch for the alcohol getting absorbed, but from what they said, it was painful at first, then simply numb.

I usually drink gatorade when I’m already drunk, to minimize the hangover effect. Seems to work well.

Maybe this is for the “stupidest thing you’ve ever done” thread, but…

Back in college, Spritle and his Buddies were drinking screwdrivers. OJ was all gone and The 'Net (U of MD anyone?) was closed. Enter orange Gatorade. We “logically” deduced what was told to the OP i.e., faster introduction into the bloodstream. We ran out of Gatorade and went to TANG ™. STOOOOOOOPID!!! We poured about 4 oz of Vodka in a glass and added two scoops of TANG ™. This is DEFINATELY what astronauts drink if they want to “drive your uncle’s Buick” for many hours.

Back to the REAL issue, however, if one considers how thing enter the blood stream anyway, (diffusion across membranes) the only way Gatorade could speed up this process is if it somehow enhaned the active transport. This could be done if it got the -OH part of the alcohol molecule to the receptor site sooner, or made the “switch” occur from one side of the membrane to the other occur faster. Considering that this is usually done by things other than electroytes (salt ions) I dou’t that Gatorade would have any effect.

If you want to get buzzed quickly, put grain alcohol (Ever Clear) into a bong and breath (no pot). The alcohol evaporates and goes into the lungs. For those of you who forgot, the mammilian lungs have spent gobs of time evolving into organs that move gases directly into the blood stream!!

Yes, this works. :slight_smile:


…the discriminating palate prefers AQUA VELVA and Gatorade…

Whatever happened to drinking because you like the taste?

Of course, this would not apply to cheap vodka.

Drinking for the taste??
Have you ever tried to drink Barton’s or Heaven and Hill vodka straight? uckkkkk! thats a guarenteed way to make me vomit

Back in college, we were occasionally forced to live on vodka and lemon-lime Gatorade. We called it a “Chernobyl,” but I’m sure that name has since been taken by Midori.

When I was a kid, my friends and I used to collect beer cans. My dad and his buddies would have great fun keeping the kids well supplied with interesting cans. One day, they brought home a six-pack of Hop 'n Gator. That was the first time I ever heard the phrase “panther piss.”