Food (particularly milk) may reduce the absorption of alcohol. Foods rich in serotonin (e.g. bananas, pineapples) taken with alcohol may produce adverse effects such as diarrhoea and headache. A disulfiram-like reaction can occur if alcohol is taken up to 24 hours after eating the smooth ink(y) caps fungus (Coprinus atramentarius) or certain other edible fungi.
Whether the interaction leading to reduced alcohol absorption can be regarded as advantageous or undesirable is a moot point. The intensity of the disulfiram-like reaction depends upon the quantity of fungus and alcohol consumed, and the time interval between them. However, reports of this reaction in the medical literature are few and far between. Treatment does not normally appear to be necessary.
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