does vodka cure farts?
Booze is the answer!
From time to time, I have some pretty unpleasant gas. Now there's gas that's unpleasant to others, and then there's the gas that has you writhing on the floor in pain because your insides are blown up like a balloon and you're terrified that they might just pop.
Recently, I figured out that my frequent bouts of the latter type were caused by eating broccoli, which I no longer eat; but before pinpointing my fibrous green scourge, I discovered that a good swig of vodka entirely and completely eliminated my intestine-wrenching gas pain.
Now, hard alcohol and I get along in general (rum is an exception), and if you don't hold your liquor too well, I wouldn't venture into this home remedy. But it works like a charm for me! Any idea why, PoopReport doctors?
I have not personally tried your home remedy to see if I get the same results as you did, but I did do a little research, as usual, in order to come up with an answer for you.
In my professional opinion, based on the facts that I gathered, I think that the results you obtained from drinking vodka just before ingesting broccoli were directly related to distillation. Unlike beer and wine, which are just fermented, vodka is distilled. Distillation is a process that separates chemical substances based on differences in their volatilities.
I am not going to go into detail as to how the process works, but I will say that it is pretty complicated and that there are several "laws" in play, such as Raoult's Law and Dalton's Law. These have to do with the volatility of the vapors of each of the components in a mixture. When one component can change the vapor pressure of another, then one or both of these laws can be held responsible for the change and the resulting effects thereof.
So I suppose that once the broccoli is introduced into the stomach with the vodka, the vapor pressure of the vodka is altered by the vapor pressure of the broccoli. But since the vodka has already been purified to whatever extent it has been, it can consume and control and perhaps even neutralize some of the emitted gases from the broccoli, thus resulting in your not having a painful gas attack.
Or, you could just be drunk and unaware of it. I think that we should get Daphne to try it for us, just for good measure.
Thanks for asking Motherload!
Motherload is a Certified Nurse Assistant as well as an IBS sufferer, which means she knows a lot about poop. Got a question for her? Ask it here.