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The #1 Popular Fast Food Chain, According to Drunk People

Eat This, Not That! logo Eat This, Not That! 6/18/2018 April Benshosan

© reds/Getty Images People consume over 1,000 calories at this winning chain—yikes!

After a late night of one-too-many rounds of Jose Cuervo, your inhibitions are definitely not as high as the confidence you mustered to text your ex. While drunk texting certainly isn’t something most of us are proud of, the questionable decisions we make while intoxicated usually don’t end there. That’s right, we’re talking about drunk dining.

After a long night of drinking, most of us turn to food before we lay our head on a pillow. Our late-night snacking could be spurred by us being conditioned to think stuffing our faces will help us sober up or because studies have shown that drinking alcohol actually can increase our appetite. Regardless of the reason behind why, the people over at were more interested in asking the question, “what?”

The website surveyed over 5,900 people to ask about their post-drinking eating habits, specifically, which fast food chains are drunk people’s go-to favorites. The results? Keep reading to find out.

Taco Bell is Drunk People’s #1 Go-To Fast Food Restaurant

Nachos © Herson Rodriguez/Unsplash Nachos Almost 41 percent of people surveyed by chose the Mexican-inspired joint as their go-to food stop. (A not-even-close second was McDonald’s, with 25.1 percent of intoxicated folks voting for the Golden Arches.) The majority of female respondents reported that they ordered tacos followed by quesadillas, nachos, burritos, and the CrunchWrap Supreme. As for men? They like to dig into burritos, the Cheesy Gordita Crunch, quesadillas, and nachos.

Although intoxicated folk enjoy a trip to the Bell late night, the fast food joint isn’t a terrible choice if you’re concerned about calories. Women average indulging in 715 calories per drunk meal and men 730. On the other hand, bar crawlers who choose to dine at Waffle House end up consuming the largest amount of calories compared to those who visited other restaurants (with women consuming about 949 cals and men gobbling up a whopping 1,009).

Eat This! Tip

Next time you hit the town, steer clear of indulging in a second dinner by practicing better drinking habits. Avoid drinking on an empty stomach and say no to sugary cocktails. Instead, go for alcoholic beverages with benefits, such as antioxidant-packed red wine. “I love a good glass of Burgundy, so that’s my first preference,” nutritionist Dana James, founder of Food Coach NYC&LA, tells us. “I drink it slower than a cocktail, which ultimately means fewer calories from a boozy night.” And if the midnight munchies strike once you’re ready to call it a night, be sure to keep these 50 Best Snacks for Weight Loss on hand.

Gallery: The best and worst fast food drive-thru meals The Best and Worst Fast Food Drive-Thru Meals: Hint: You shouldn’t order anything with double or triple in the name. With one destination on your mind and miles ahead of you, a quick pit stop at the nearest fast food drive-thru provides not only relief from hours of monotonous driving but fuel for the journey. Drive-thru access also makes it that much easier to grab a meal if you just want to hit the road. But beware: If you’re not careful, driving in the express lane can cause you to order a meal upwards of 2,000 calories, not to mention sky-high amounts of sodium, sugar, and saturated fat. The good news is that it’s easy to choose a healthy meal, as long as you know what to look for on the menu. Healthy Drive-Thru Ordering Tips A few things to keep in mind when choosing your dish: “Try to focus your meal on lean protein options such as chicken, fish, or beans that are baked or grilled,” says Kristen Smith, RD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and bariatric surgery coordinator at Piedmont Healthcare. “Many fast food chains are now offering fruit as a side instead of French fries. If you choose to go with French fries, try to stick with a small size or share with someone else.”Also, not all items that sound healthy actually are (say, yogurt parfaits or turkey burgers). The same goes for frozen beverages, which often have a ton of calories and sneaky sugar bombs, Smith says. To help you make a smarter choice on the road, we rounded up the best and worst meal at popular drive-thru spots across the country. So dig in, without veering off the healthy path. And while you’re at it, check out 25 Ways to Slim Down Any Fast Food Order. The Best and Worst Fast Food Drive-Thru Meals


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