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Being 'Buck's Fizz Drunk’ Is An Actual Thing, According To Experts

Being 'Buck's Fizz Drunk’ Is An Actual Thing, According To Experts

For many, Buck's fizz is a Christmas morning staple. In many households, the festive tipple - made from two parts champagne to one part orange juice FYI - is enjoyed with breakfast on December 25th.

But despite its relatively low alcohol content, anyone who enjoys the drink will admit to feeling more than a little tipsy a couple of glasses in, feeling - how can we put this - a different kind of drunk to the usual.

If you can relate to feeling slightly more giddy, woozy, and even lightheaded while unwrapping your presents, well it turns out being Buck's Fizz Drunk (BFD) is actually a thing - and it's all to do with the bubbles.

 There's a reason behind why your drunkness feels different with buck's fizz (Credit: Shutterstock)
There's a reason behind why your drunkness feels different with buck's fizz (Credit: Shutterstock)
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Marco Castelanelli, a sommelier from Club Vino, explained why we feel this specific kind of drunkness after drinking the cocktail.

"The CO2 bubbles in Buck's fizz flows through the blood stream and speeds up the process of the absorption," he tells Tyla. "Once the alcohol has entered the bloodstream the CO2 competes with the oxygen resulting in a slightly dizzy feeling."

This ties into why you get a more pronounced hangover after indulging on prosecco or other fizzy wines. Makes sense, eh?

Marco also explained that this coupled with early drinking on Christmas day could be a contributing to why we feel more woozy after drinking Buck's fizz.

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"The reason for this being exaggerated on Christmas morning is that generally when we are drinking our glass of Buck's fizz we haven't had a substantial meal and have less food lining our stomaches, again speeding up the alcohol absorption time," he adds.

Buck's fizz is a popular Christmas morning drink (Credit: Unsplash)
Buck's fizz is a popular Christmas morning drink (Credit: Unsplash)

"So a glass of Bucks fizz in the morning with the excitement of Santa's arrival is going to result in a woozy, giggly feeling."

Finally, the wine expert advises: "If you drink too much without drinking water and eating a substantial breakfast you are likely to have a thumping head by the time your turkey is ready."

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So there you have it: the science behind being BFD. You're very welcome.

Our advice? Make sure you load up on the pigs-in-blankets between sips.

Featured Image Credit: Briona Baker/Unsplash

Topics: Christmas, Food And Drink, Tasty

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.