Different Ways Alcohol Affects The Body

Drinking alcohol has become a common habit which can sometimes become quite hard to stop. Once alcoholism sets in, it would be quite difficult for people to stop and will eventually lead to a number of alcohol-related health problems. One of the problems may be due to that common ignorance of what alcohol actually does to the brain and and how it affects the body.

Alcohol may be a common vice among people, but it is also one of the least understood. People just have no idea how it affects their body. Here are some of the things that more people should know ab out alcohol.

Bodily Poison

The body actually considers alcohol as a poison or at least, something that it doesn’t want inside it. The body tries to get rid of it by processing it in the liver to render it into the non-toxic compound acetaldehyde. The body then produces an enzyme known as alcohol dehydrogenase to further break down the acetaldehyde. This process of cleaning up is connected to being a cause of hangovers along with dehydration that most people drinking alcohol commonly experience as after effects.

Alcohol And A Full Stomach

Eating a full meal may actually help in breaking down alcohol, but not in the manner that most people think. It is not because of the food itself that absorbs the alcohol. When one has a full stomach, food is stored in the stomach longer before going into the small intestine due to the pyloric sphincter, the release valve of the small intestine, closing tightly. This gives the alcohol dehydrogenase in the stomach more time to breakdown the alcohol before it is absorbed in the small intestine.

Inhibits Brain Cells

Although alcoholic drinks may not be killing cells and neurons in the body, it may still have certain effects, most especially on brain cells. Even if the blood alcohol reaches 0.8 percent (the level for being considered legally intoxicated) or even up to 0.25 percent, it won’t do a lot of damage to brain cells. But the alcohol content in the blood may have some significant effects on the normal functions of the cells. It may inhibit the neurons and may affect their ability to send signals to the brain.


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