How Alcohol Affect Your Body?

Wondering why every time you drink less than your friend, but you end up having more hangover and you get more drunk than your friend. If this is the situation, it is time you try to understand how alcohol affect your body. Also your friend may drink much more than you and still more sober than you. The following may explain your doubt.

Your gender is an important factor:

When it comes to digestion and effect of alcohol on your body, your gender may play an important role. Nature has played the trick here too (if you are a feminist) and women’s body is less efficient in metabolizing alcohol than men. The enzyme responsible for break down (metabolism) of alcohol, aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) can work less efficiently in women than in men, which makes alcohol to get accumulated in body. Similar quantity of alcohol in women will take much longer time to metabolize than in men.

How much you have eaten before drinking:

It is important factor. If you drink on empty stomach, alcohol will get absorbed into blood stream faster than drinking on full stomach. Hence, if you have food and alcohol in your table, do not drink fast and then eat, but eat first and then drink. Because, if you drink first, by the time you start eating, the alcohol is already in blood stream and you are already drunk. Food will have not much effect at this point. The type of food you eat is not important (although many people say eating oily and greasy food is better).

The type of your drink:

Some types of alcohol tend to get absorbed faster than other types. For example, champagne get absorbed faster than other types of alcohol. This may be due to presence of carbonation in champagne which irritates the stomach wall and leads to increased blood flow in stomach wall and as a result faster absorption of alcohol into blood stream. Hence, if you have habit of drinking by mixing soda, your absorption of alcohol will be much faster.

Your body shape:

When it comes to drinks and booze, slim figure is not favorable. Your “lightweight” can make you drunk with much lesser quantity of alcohol. Because of your slim figure, alcohol has fewer places to go after absorption; hence you get drunk faster and easily, as the alcohol remain in blood stream.


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