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Impacts on the Body 2

The Path of Alcohol: Metabolism

Responsible ServingThe process by which alcohol is removed from the bloodstream is primarily metabolism and some excretion.

Metabolism begins almost immediately upon entry of the alcohol into the bloodstream and is accomplished by a group of six digestive enzymes. The enzymes work together to convert the alcohol into an intermediate form of alcohol (which is actually very toxic). The enzyme ADH (acetaldehyde dehydrogenase) then converts it into a non-toxic waste product.

The rate of metabolism itself is influenced by many things, including body temperature, the type of alcoholic beverage, and type and amount of food consumed.

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