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ANSWER FROM Dummies.com Flowing down the hatch from mouth to stomach: The unmetabolized alcohol flows through your stomach walls into your bloodstream and on to your small intestine. Stopping for a short visit at the energy factory: Most of the alcohol you drink is absorbed through the duodenum (small intestine). From there it flows through a large blood vessel into your liver. In the liver, an enzyme similar to gastric ADH metabolizes the alcohol, which is converted to energy by a coenzyme called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD). NAD is also used to convert the glucose you get from other carbohydrates to energy; while NAD is being used for alcohol, glucose conversion grinds to a halt. The normal, healthy liver can process about 1/2 ounce of pure alcohol (that's 6 to 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1 ounce of spirits) in an hour. The rest flows on to your heart. Taking time out for air: Entering your heart, alcohol reduces the force with which your heart muscle contracts. You pump out slightly less blood, blood vessels all over your body relax, and your blood pressure goes down temporarily. The contractions soon return to normal, but the blood vessels may remain relaxed and your blood pressure lower for as long as half an hour. Meanwhile, alcohol flows in blood from your heart through your pulmonary vein to your lungs. Now you breathe out a tiny bit of alcohol every time you exhale, and your breath smells of liquor. Then the newly oxygenated, still alcohol-laden blood flows back through the pulmonary artery to your heart, and up and out through the aorta. Rising to the surface: In your blood, alcohol raises your level of high-density lipoproteins (HDLs), although not necessarily the good ones that carry cholesterol out of your body. Alcohol also makes blood less likely to clot, temporarily reducing your risk of heart attack and stroke. Alcohol makes blood vessels expand, so more warm blood flows up from the center of your body to the surface of the skin. You feel warmer and, if your skin is fair, you may flush and turn pink. (Asians, who tend to make less alcohol dehydrogenase than do Caucasians, often experience a characteristic flushing when they drink even small amounts of alcohol.) At the same time, tiny amounts of alcohol ooze out through your pores, and your perspiration smells of alcohol. Encountering curves in the road: Alcohol is a sedative. When it reaches your brain, it slows the transmission of impulses between nerve cells that control your ability to think and move. That's why your thinking may be fuzzy, your judgment impaired, your tongue twisted, your vision blurred, and your muscles rubbery. Alcohol reduces your brain's production of antidiuretic hormones, which keep you from making too much urine. You may lose lots of liquid, vitamins, and minerals. You also grow very thirsty, and your urine may smell faintly of alcohol. This cycle continues as long as you have alcohol circulating in your blood, or in other words, until your liver can manage to produce enough ADH to metabolize all the alcohol you've consumed. Most people need an hour to metabolize the amount of alcohol (1/2 ounce) in one drink. But some people have alcohol circulating in their blood for up to three hours after taking a drink.

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Is alcohol processed like?

alcohol displaces water in your body. Your hangover is a type of dehydration always drink lots of water after drinking alcohol.


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Is there a drug test that can detect alcohol in urine more than 5 days?

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Is it all right to have wine while on diabetic medication?

NO NO NO NO! Alcohol turns to sugar while being processed by the body, don't drink!


What percent of alcohol is processed by the liver?

About 95% of the alcohol is processed by the liver.


What types of wine to avoid if diabetic?

EVERY TYPE! Alcohol turns into sugar temporarily when being processed by the body and sugar is bad for diabetics.


Approximately what percentage of alcohol leaves the body after being processed by the liver?

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How do you purge alcohol from your system?

The only way to remove alcohol from the body is to stay hydrated and wait. Everyone's body metabolizes alcohol at a different rate. The rate at which alcohol is eliminated from the body depends on how often you drink, how much you weigh, and your gender. There are blood alcohol content (BAC) calculators online that can roughly estimate how long it will take your body to process an amount of alcohol. Roughly .015 to .020 grams per deciliter are processed per hour. Don't drink excessive amounts of water as this won't increase the elimination rate of alcohol but keep hydrated to stay healthy.


Is drinking whiskey bad for you as a diabetic?

Yes it is processed in the body very similarly to the way fat is processed, and alcohol provides almost as many calories. Therefore, drinking alcohol in people with diabetes can cause your blood sugar to rise. If you choose to drink alcohol, only drink it occasionally and when your diabetes and blood sugar level are well-controlled. If you are following a calorie-controlled meal plan, one drink of alcohol should be counted as two fat exchanges.


How is water processed in the body?

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How is drinking water processed in the body?

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Why are methyl alcohol and ethylene glycol toxic to humans?

Anything that enters your mouth gets broken down into basic products that the body can use for energy - or get rid of. This is called metabolism. Ethanol (alcohol you drink), methanol (same thing as methyl alcohol) (wood alcohol) and ethylene glycol (anti-freeze) are all processed in the same way in the body. Ethylene glycol and methanol when they are processed are broken down into really bad products that are poisonous to the body. Ethanol (drinking alcohol) just gets broken down into products that cause a hangover. If someone has ingested ethylene glycol or methanol, making them drink ethanol would delay the creation of those bad/poisonous products that are created in the body - and they definitely have to go to the hospital to get rid of the ethylene glycol or methanol in a different way then there body processing it and creating those poisonous products.