Moderate alcohol consumption stimulates food intake and food reward of savoury foods

I.C. Schrieks*, Annette Stafleu, Sanne Griffioen-Roose, Kees de Graaf, R.F. Witkamp, Rianne Boerrigter-Rijneveld, H.F.J. Hendriks

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The aim of this study was to investigate whether food reward plays a role in the stimulating effect of moderate alcohol consumption on subsequent food intake. In addition, we explored the role of oral and gut sensory pathways in alcohol's effect on food reward by modified sham feeding (MSF) or consumption of a preload after alcohol intake.In a single-blind crossover design, 24 healthy men were randomly assigned to either consumption of vodka/orange juice (20 g alcohol) or orange juice only, followed by consumption of cake, MSF of cake or no cake. Food reward was evaluated by actual food intake measured by an ad libitum lunch 45 min after alcohol ingestion and by behavioural indices of wanting and liking of four food categories (high fat, low fat, sweet and savoury).Moderate alcohol consumption increased food intake during the ad libitum lunch by 11% (+338 kJ, P = 0.004). Alcohol specifically increased intake (+127 kJ, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-83
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015


  • Alcohol consumption
  • Appetite
  • Food intake
  • Food reward
  • Liking
  • Wanting


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