At university, I was told by one of my fellow students that the reason why eating before going on an alcohol laden night out was a good idea, was because the pyloric sphincter contracted once food was in your stomach, and only let it into your lower intestines gradually. Their theory was that if you then drank alcohol, it would also sit in your stomach (with your food) and would only be let into your intestines gradually as the food was allowed through, thus slowing your rate of inebriation. Drinking on an empty stomach would conversely not cause the pyloric sphincter to contract, thus allowing the alcohol to enter your intestines at a much faster pace. However, I've been trying to find some online sources to corroborate / disprove this, and I'm having problems finding any information on it at all.
So my question is: does the pyloric sphincter stay relaxed if only liquid is consumed on an empty stomach?