How Does Carbonation Work
High times are good times, they say. But why is it that some people get more high than others? Why is it that your vodka with water is affecting your system slower than your friend’s with a fizzy ingredient? The answer is quite simple, so to say, carbonation. It is blending of carbon dioxide in water. Studies say that fizzy or carbonated drinks with alcohol get absorbed faster in the blood stream than drinks without carbonation.
However, carbonation alone is not responsible for intoxication. Alcohol By Volume (ABV) still is the key factor that needs to be considered. This is why, beer and sparkling wine (which are carbonated) does not affect you the way hard spirit mixed with carbonated drinks does. It is not just the drink, but the stomach that acts as a catalyst in getting you intoxicated.
Given all these facts, your gender is also has an impact as to how bubbles charm you. Men have a more muscular build than women and less fat too. Biology says that because muscle tissue has more water content than fat tissue, alcohol will be diluted and therefore absorbed less by a male body than a woman. This means that women will feel the effects of alcohol sooner than men.
The good thing about carbonated drinks is the impact they have on the tongue; the slight acidic tinge from the reaction of water with carbon dioxide makes the drink palatable for many. Lastly, when the fizz makes contact with your olfactory organs, the sense of flavor reaches the cusp.
Carbonation is a scientific process. When poured into a glass, a sparkling wine produces around 49 million bubbles. To understand the science behind these bubbles knocking you off your feet, it is important to know some measurements and how it affects a drink.
Carbonation levels are measured in grams/liter. The idea of measuring gas in grams might sound strange, however, introducing gas into a liquid changes the latter’s weight. Therefore, grams/liter. In addition, Pounds per Square Inch (PSI) is also considered a measurement, however, it is ruled out as it is the measure of how hard gas is pushed into the container. Here is the grams/liter value of some common drinks:
Beer: 2-6 gm/ltr
Champagne: 8 gm/ltr
Soda: 6 gm/ltr
Cola: 2.45 gm/ltr