What happens when you drink?

What happens when you drink?

  • How you drink matters!

    The effects of drinks containing alcohol on your body depend on who you are, how, how much and how often you drink, and what you drink. There are many factors that influence how alcohol affects you, as noted on the box to the right. Absorption.  When you drink an alcohol beverage, it immediately begins to be absorbed into your bloodstream, partly from your stomach and more actively from your small intestine. When drinking alcohol beverages, adding water or other drinks… read more

  • How alcohol affects you in the short-term

    Since alcohol reaches every part of your body, including your brain, its effects are both mental and physical. These effects include changes to how you feel and how you interact with others. The mental and physical effects of alcohol increase the more you drink. For most people, moderate drinking produces a feeling of relaxation, reduced inhibitions, increased sociability and in-group identity; On the other hand, even moderate drinking will produce a slowing of reaction time.  These changes come primarily from… read more

  • How alcohol affects you in the longer term

    Drinking not only affects you at the time when you are drinking, but it can have longer-term effects that may be positive or negative. Your drinking pattern is a major factor in influencing your quality of life. Heavy drinking (more than 4 drinks on any day or 14 per week) is associated with increased risk of a range of health and social harms, including damage to your internal organs, accidents and injuries, and difficulties in functioning positively in family, work and community life.  Liver damage is strongly… read more

  • True or false? Myths about drinking

    If I eat a lot of greasy food, I can drink more. FALSE It is true that foods, particularly those higher in fat, slow the absorption rate of alcohol. This happens because eating closes the valve between your stomach and intestines, where the alcohol is absorbed more quickly than in your stomach. But, eventually, the alcohol will be absorbed, and your body can only metabolize a certain amount of alcohol each hour. On average, a person metabolizes 10-12g of alcohol… read moreread more

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