Nutritious Life

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How Alcohol is Absorbed and Metabolized February 25, 2009

 

 

A few facts about how the body absorbs and metabolizes alcohol:

 

          Alcohol does not require any digestion and is absorbed directly from the stomach and the small intestine

          Alcohol is broken down in the liver

          A small amount of alcohol is metabolized in the stomach before it has been absorbed

          Once absorbed, alcohol moves through the blood stream to the liver (where is it broken down)alcohol-picture

          An average, healthy adult metabolizes the equivalent of one drink per hour

          Drinking more than one drink per hour you expose every tissue in your body to the toxic    effects of alcohol

          Consuming foods with some fat, protein and fiber helps to slow the absorption of alcohol and can reduce blood alcohol concentration (BAC) by as much as 50% as opposed to drinking on an empty stomach

          Carbonated alcohol beverages are known for being absorbed very rapidly

          Women usually absorb 30-35% more of a given alcohol intake compared to men of the same size, which may explain why females often show a greater response to alcohol than males

          Very little alcohol is lost in sweat

          Alcohol can cause dehydration (so it is best to drink lots of water before, during and after drinking)

          Alcohol fails to trigger the satiety (fullness) response in the body, leading  some to overeating

          Alcohol has a high calorie content and doesn’t provide any nutritional value

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One Response to “How Alcohol is Absorbed and Metabolized”

  1. Dan Says:

    Hm, didn’t know about the second to last one. That explains a lot.


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