Here are some little known very interesting facts about alcohol that will change the way you think about drinking!
It has 7 calories/gram but the body does not use it for energy because it’s too complicated to break down.
It is made from the fermentation of a carbohydrate (usually grapes or wheat).
It does not require digestion for absorption into the body; it is absorbed through the mucous membranes of the mouth and stomach.
It is collected and processed by the liver in moderation.
It interferes with sleep at low levels, which increases ghrelin, the “hunger” hormone.
It crosses the blood brain barrier very quickly, killing cells along the way and in the brain.
The average metabolism of alcohol is 1/2 ounce per hour (about 1 drink).
It is absorbed 20% faster on an empty stomach. When fat is present in the stomach, there is a much slower absorption of alcohol.
The more muscle you have, the faster you dilute alcohol.
ADH (alcohol degydrogenase) is an enzyme we make that lowers the amount of alcohol we absorb. Men make more of this enzyme than women do. Fasting lowers this enzyme, as well as age.
Your liver cannot do anything else while processing alcohol. It cannot break up triglycerides, so there is more chance of fat storage when you drink. The liver metabolizes alcohol similar to fat. It converts alcohol to fatty acids and stores them or transports them to blood and cells.
Your body views alcohol as a toxin. As soon as you drink, metabolizing and getting rid of alcohol becomes priority number one for your body, and other processes will take second priority.
Every time you are breaking down alcohol, you are creating an acidic environment in your body, which increases inflammation, which increases the risk of changing a pre-cancerous cell into a cancerous cell.