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How does alcohol affect a person?

How does alcohol affect a person?

Alcohol affects every organ in the body. It is a central nervous system depressant that is rapidly absorbed from the stomach and small intestine into the bloodstream. Alcohol is metabolized in the liver by enzymes; however, the liver can only metabolize a small amount of alcohol at a time, leaving the excess alcohol to circulate …

Why do some people react differently to alcohol than others?

Why do some people react differently to alcohol than others?

Individual reactions to alcohol vary, and are influenced by many factors; such as: Age. Gender. Race or ethnicity. Physical condition (weight, fitness level, etc). Amount of food consumed before drinking. How quickly the alcohol was consumed. Use of drugs or prescription medicines. Family history of alcohol problems.

Isn’t drinking good for the heart?

Isn’t drinking good for the heart?

For some drinkers, the answer can be “yes,” depending on the amount. Regular light to moderate drinking can lower the risk for coronary heart disease, mainly among middle-aged and older adults (other factors also cut the risk, including a healthy diet and weight, exercise, and not smoking). Heavy drinking can actually increase blood pressure and …

Why are women’s low-risk limits different from men’s?

Why are women’s low-risk limits different from men’s?

Research shows that women start to have alcohol-related problems at lower drinking levels than men do. One reason is that, on average, women weigh less than men. In addition, alcohol disperses in body water, and pound for pound, women have less water in their bodies than men do. So after a man and woman of …