Effects of Alcohol

Effects of Alcohol

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  • Effects of Alcohol
  • Alcohol can mix with both fatty and watery substances. This means that it can go anywhere in the body. Alcohol affects every cell of the body
  • When does alcohol begin acting on the body?
  • The MOMENT a person swallows it.
  • From the stomach and the intestines, it moves rapidly into the blood stream. From the blood, it enters every cell. Within minutes after the first sip of a drink, ethanol is affecting the brain, muscles, nerves, glands and small blood vessels of the skin. It also passes through the liver.
  • Alcohol impairs many organs and body functions
  • How much alcohol can the liver handle?
  • 1 drink per hour
  • Liver- If the Alcohol over flows the liver it goes into the blood stream
  • How alcohol impairs some of the organs
  • Blood Vessels- The alcohol relaxes the central nerves system and the blood vessels of the skin widen. The skin of the drinker will be pink and feel warm
  • Lungs- The lungs excrete a little ethanol from the blood stream as a gas exhaled in the breath
  • How alcohol impairs some of the organs (pt. 2)
  • Nerves and brain- Alcohol depresses the action of the nervous system that usually sets limits on behavior
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