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