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Alcohol & Health

How does the body process alcohol?

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  • AElizabeth Casparro, MPH,RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered

    The body processes alcohol by absorbing it first in the stomach (20%) and then the small intestine (80%). Then the liver starts breaking it down with an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase and finally it turns either into energy or fat. A typical person can only process 5-7 grams of alcohol (1/2 of a typical drink) per hour without becoming intoxicated.

  • AEmilia Klapp, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    Alcohol passes swiftly from the digestive tract to the blood without being broken down; it then heads to the liver to be metabolized. If you drink alcohol faster than the liver can process it, your brain function becomes impaired, causing intoxication.
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