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Explore how the food you eat and your age, size, gender and ethnicity effect how your body processes alcohol.

 

 

How your body processes alcohol
How your body processes alcohol

Discover what happens to the alcohol you drink.

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How food affects how your body processes alcohol
How food affects how your body processes alcohol

Find out how food impacts how your body processes alcohol.

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Why do people who weigh less feel the effects of alcohol quicker?
Why do people who weigh less feel the effects of alcohol quicker?

As a general rule, the more a person weighs, the greater the volume of water in their body. A person with a higher water content will naturally be more efficient at diluting the alcohol than those with a smaller volume, who’ll reach a higher BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) faster. This is why people who weigh less tend to feel the effects quicker than those who weigh more than them.

Do men and women process alcohol differently?
Do men and women process alcohol differently?

How men and women differ in the way their bodies process alcohol.

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The effect alcohol has on different age groups
The effect alcohol has on different age groups

How our age impacts the way our body processes alcohol

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Does ethnicity affect how you process alcohol?
Does ethnicity affect how you process alcohol?

Scientists have discovered that some people, especially those of Asian descent, are more sensitive to alcohol because of a non-functioning form of the enzyme aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH), which helps break down alcohol in the body. They often suffer from what is known as ‘the flushing effect’ when they drink, making them feel uncomfortably hot and causing their face to become red. They can also have a more severe reaction, including nausea, a racing heart and/or dizziness.

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