Learn more about the effects of alcohol on the body in this video.
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Alcohol and the Body From our brain to our liver, alcohol affects every organ of the body. Alcohol depresses our nervous system after it's quickly absorbed from the stomach and small intestine into the blood stream. Liver enzymes metabolize alcohol but the liver can only handle so much at a time about one drink an hour. That’s equal to 12 ounces of beer, eight ounces of malt liquor, five ounces of wine or one and a half ounces of 80 proof distilled spirits or liquor. So if you're putting down more than that, the extra alcohol circulates through your body. Remember that a variety of factors determine how a person reacts to alcohol. Some of those factors include a person’s ethnicity, their physical fitness, the amount of food eaten before and during alcohol intake, drug use, prescription medicines and family history. You can find more health and wellness tips on icyou.com.