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By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-12-11 15:19:48 -0600
Started 2010-12-11 15:10:18 -0600

Most of the alcohol you drink is absorbed through the duodenum (small intestine), from which it flows through a large blood vessel (the portal vein) into your liver. There, an enzyme similar to gastric ADH metabolizes the alcohol, which is converted to energy by a coenzyme called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD).

NAD is also used to convert the glucose you get from other carbohydrates to energy; while NAD is being used for alcohol, glucose conversion grinds to a halt!

(*) Your liver cannot process both glucose, and alcohol at the same time!

The normal, healthy liver can process about 1⁄2 ounce of pure alcohol (that’s 6 to 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1 ounce of spirits) in an hour.

The rest flows on to your heart.

(Taken from the book entitled, “Nutrition for Dummies” 4th Edition page 118)

(*) ~Mays~

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GabbyPA 2010-12-11 15:12:58 -0600 Report

Is this what makes people go low sometimes while drinking? I have heard that if you are going to drink more than normal, we should eat a higher carb food with it to prevent the drop bottom low that could ensue?

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