Woman shows trick that allows you to drink shots without gagging
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A woman has shared a nifty trick that allows you to take a shot without gagging. Check out the clip below:
Many of us will know that dreaded feeling when you take a shot of alcohol, only for your mouth to fill up with saliva before you start gagging uncontrollably.
It's not an enjoyable experience at all, especially when you're at a bar or club and you risk projectile vomiting all over your mates.
Thankfully, Aussie woman Holly Moffatt has come to the rescue with her smart and easy hack - all you need is your shot of choice and an Oreo or cracker.
In the clip, she says: "Today I'm going to be showing you how to take a shot the right way."
First up, you get your vodka or whatever kind of straight alcohol you're drinking, and then you want to hold your nostrils so your nose is blocked as you neck it back.
Next up, you take your cracker or biscuit - Holly's gone for the Oreo - and you shove it in your mouth ASAP.
"Then you want to eat, eat, eat with your nose blocked," she adds. "You're not going to taste a lot, but you're flushing away the straight alcohol taste.
"And then, once you finish that cracker or Oreo, you unlock your nose and you wouldn't have tasted the alcohol at all.
"You'll feel it burn going down. That's normal, it's okay."
And there you have it. Just in case you weren't convinced, Holly demonstrates the trick herself with finesse.
At the end, she says, "All I can taste is the Oreo," before joking, "Next time you're in the club, bring an Oreo."
Okay, so you might get a few weird looks if you bring a packet of cookies to the club - but hey, can't be worse than the looks you'd get if you started gagging.
The trick is a result of your sense of smell making up about 80% of what you perceive to be taste.
Of course, drinking for the sake of getting drunk isn't usually recommended, not just because of the health implications, but that hangover will be a killer.
If you are a lover of shots, especially now you've found out how to have them without tasting them, experts say that the least you could do is line your stomach first - though you might need a bit more than one Oreo.
Dr Simran Deo, a doctor at online doctor website Zava, told LADbible: "Some studies have found the blood alcohol levels achieved on drinking on an empty stomach can be up to four times higher than after eating.
"On an empty stomach the blood alcohol levels tend to reach their highest about one hour after drinking and this then reduces over the next 4 hours.
"When food is present in the stomach it reduces the absorption of alcohol by slowing down the processes used in emptying it."