10 facts about what happens to the body when we drink alcohol

I bet that you have the most distant idea of ​​that is going on inside you after you've been drinking. And why at the end of this process, you wake up in a cold sweat, tormented by thirst, and the clock - four in the morning. < Website publish interesting research data and interesting facts that will shed light on the effect of alcohol.

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1. Our body treats alcohol as a poison, and how any organism begins to deal with it, producing the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase (the main provider - the liver). The enzyme becomes active when alcohol reaches your stomach mucosa.

Development of this enzyme depends on the sex, age and genetic predisposition. This is why men get drunk more slowly women. But with age this ability decreases.

2. When you eat, the valve between the stomach and the small intestine is closed - the body knows that the food should be well digested, so the enzyme has a lot of time left to work on alcohol.

If you decide to drink a glass on an empty stomach, Alcohol virtually nonstop passes the stomach and enters the small intestine, where the surface area of ​​over 200 square meters. There where carousing, right?

3. Do not combine alcohol and aspirin, if you do not like a hangover. Aspirin reduces the production of the enzyme. Studies in the 90s of the 20th century showed that the level of alcohol in the blood of those who took a couple of aspirin before drinking, 26% higher than those who did not take the drug.

4. To what extent alcohol prolongs life. Of course, this does not apply to chronic alcoholics. Almost every month there are new studies that show that moderate alcohol consumption prolongs life. I think that all at least once stumbled in magazines on the advice to drink a glass of dry red wine a day or even a couple of times a week (unless contraindicated).

5. Alcohol does not kill brain cells, and suppresses them. If you drink a standard dose, to your brain with blood comes only 0, 08% alcohol, and if you visit the large party - get as much as 0, 25%. But these percentages do not affect the cells of the brain (chronic alcoholism and its effects on the cells of the liver and other organs - another story altogether).

6. When taking alcohol your brain receives signals from the original glutamate (excitatory acid). Getting into your receptors, it is impairs their ability to properly transmit signals, which ultimately affects your speech, coordination, perception of reality, and so on. D.

7. Since the adoption of alcohol alters your perception of reality, you may find that random people's actions were not random and deliberate. Therefore, already warmed companies so often occur hot disputes.

8. Alcohol - horrible sleeping pills. The adoption of alcohol can disrupt REM sleep (your brain will actively adapt to the effects of ethanol molecules), and eventually you will either be constantly waking up or not at all be able to sleep. Your brain will not be able to dive into a deep sleep and relax properly.

9. Another common misconception: After drinking alcohol your sex will be wild. Yes, alcohol awakens the desire, but the show itself may not take place. Alcohol dilates the arteries and "relaxes" the body as a whole, and for some parts of the body in this case is not very good.

10. For shy people alcohol acts as a "social lubricant" and relieves mild stress. In recent years, sociologists and epidemiologists have conducted a long-term study of loneliness and its impact on life expectancy. Loneliness is literally life-threatening, so skip Friday glass or two in the company, such as colleagues, for these people - salvation.

Just do not overdo it. Everything is good in moderation.



via lifehacker.ru/2011/09/30/kak-alkogol-vliyaet-na-telo-i-soznanie/

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