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What happens to alcohol in your body?

The alcohol contained in your drink is absorbed by your body through the stomach and the small intestines. The food slows down the rate of absorption and for this reason the alcohol affects you more quickly when you drink on an empty stomach. For more details

Alcohol travels to the liver through the small intestines and then to the heart, brain, muscles and other tissues. This happens very quickly, within a few minutes. Usually, although not always, this has a pleasant effect.

Our body cannot store alcohol so it breaks it down. That
syourliversjob. Firstly, the liver changes the alcohol into acetaldehyde (toxic), then into acetate (harmless), which is broken down into carbon dioxide and water.

Approximately 90% - 95% of the alcohol you drink is broken down by the liver, and 5% - 10% is excreted through urine, breath and sweat.

Your body’s ability to process alcohol depends on your age, weigh and sex.

Your body can break down one unit of alcohol per hour. There is no way you can speed up this process.