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Many people look upon the consumption of alcohol differently Occasional drinkers think it is a fun harmless act in which to celebrate or just have a good time Non-drinkers look at it as a sign of weakness or stupidity Alcoholics however look at is as a way of life Although people have different views about the subject in the end alcohol has the same damaging affect to anyone involved The following information was derived from The Information Series 2003 For starters lets look to see what constitutes a drink The typical amount of absolute alcohol in a drink is 05 ounces The following beverages contain approximately equal amounts of alcohol A shot 125 ounces of spirits 80 proof whiskey or vodka- about 40 percent alcohol A 25-ounce glass of dessert or cocktail wine 20 percent alcohol A 5-ounce glass of table wine 10 percent alcohol A 12-ounce bottle or can of beer 45 percent alcohol When alcohol is consumed there is a specific path throughout the body that it goes through The path is as follows 1Alcohol is drunk 2Alcohol goes right into the stomach A little of the alcohol goes through the wall of the stomach and into the bloodstream But most of the alcohol goes down into the small intestine 3Small Intestine Alcohol goes from the stomach into the small intestine Most of the alcohol then goes through the walls of the intestine and into the bloodstream 4Bloodstream The bloodstream then carries the alcohol to all parts of the body such as the brain heart and liver 5Liver The liver changes the alcohol to water carbon dioxide and energy This process is called oxidation The liver can oxidize only about one-half ounce of alcohol in an hour This means that until the liver has time to oxidize all of the alcohol the alcohol keeps on passing through all parts of the body including the brain 6Brain Alcohol goes to the brain almost as
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