What happens when you drink?

What happens when you drink?

  • How you drink matters!

    The effects of alcohol beverages on your body depend on who you are, how you drink, and what you drink. There are many factors that influence how alcohol affects you. 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 without alcohol will dilute the alcohol in your stomach and will slow absorption. Eating food… 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, and in many social and cultural contexts, moderate drinking produces a feeling of relaxation, reduced inhibitions, increased sociability, and in-group identity; however, even moderate drinking will produce some slowing of reaction time. These… 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 long-term effects that may be positive or negative. Your drinking pattern is a major factor in how your drinking may influence your quality of life. Regular heavy drinking is associated with a range of health and social harms, including damage to your internal organs, risk of accidents and injuries, and difficulties in functioning positively in family, work, and community life. Liver damage is strongly associated with long-term heavy drinking… read more

  • True or false? Myths about drinking

    Alcohol increases my sexual performance. FALSE While alcohol consumption may provide a perceived boost in self-confidence, prolonged consumption of alcohol beverages decreases sexual ability and fertility.… read more