Let’s Follow Alcohol As It Is Processed Through Your Body

The first place alcohol goes when it enters your body is through your lips, down your throat, and into your stomach where is is absorbed by whatever you have eaten.

First, the alcohol leaves the glass (or straw, if you really wanna get St. Paddy's Day going), travels down the esophagus, and goes into the stomach, where it gets absorbed into whatever it is you just ate.

If you didn’t eat anything you will get drunk much faster because there is no food to slow down the digestion process of the alcohol. But you will still somehow have something to throw up later anyways.

If you didn't eat anything yet, you'll probably get drunk a lot faster because there's nothing separating the beer from the stomach lining.

then it travels through your intestines where it is distributed throughout your body via the bloodstream.

The alcohol then travels to the intestines, which circulate it throughout the body through the blood stream.

Ever wonder why getting drunk is sometimes referred to as getting “pissed?” You have? Well then you must not drink or you would realize how much you have to pee while drunk. Let me explain: Your body tries to get rid of the alcohol because it is technically a poison, so let the urine flow!

At this point, your body will want to get rid of the alcohol (it is technically poison after all). This is why you pee a lot when you drink. It's also why getting drunk is sometimes affectionately called getting "pissed."

It also tries to leave the body is through your breath. That is why breathalyzers work. And why people can tell how drunk you are by smelling you.

Another way for alcohol to leave the body is through your breath. This is why breathalyzers work.

The alcohol that is not passed through your body directly out the bladder is processed through the liver at about one drink per hour. So the faster you drink,  the drunker you get.

The main way your body breaks down alcohol is through the liver. It takes about an hour for the liver to process a single drink. So if you're drinking more than one beer an hour, you're gonna get drunk much faster.

When the alcohol reaches your brain, it first affects the cerebral cortex which controls your behavior. This is when the party really starts! You become more talkative and blunt, you can get the urge to dance, and for some reason, you really like to wear hats.

The party really starts when the alcohol reaches the brain. It starts in the front of the brain, affecting the cerebral cortex which controls your behavior.

Then it passes on to the hippocampus, the emotional part of your brain. Here is exaggerates your emotions. This is why you should never drink while you are sad, you might end up playing that one Fray song over and over again.

The alcohol is then passed to the hippocampus, where it will begin exaggerating your emotions. If you're happy, you'll be super happy! If you're sad...well, maybe stay away from the jukebox, because you're gonna wanna listen to that one the Fray song over and over.

Fortunately, the hippocampus is also in charge of your memory, so you won’t remember all the weird and awkward things you do. Unfortunately, your less drunk friends will, and they will definitely tell you these tales.

Luckily, the hippocampus is also in charge of your memory, so if you do anything weird at this point, you're not going to remember it. Leave that burden to your friends, whose patience will be tested tonight.

After that, the alcohol will reach your cerebellum. That is when laying down seems like a good idea, because that’s when you loose your sense of balance. It’s also the time when you start slurring your words.

When the alcohol reaches the cerebellum, you'll start to lose your sense of balance. Lying down is gonna seem like the best thing on the planet right now.

At this point you need to slow down on drinking alcohol and start drinking a lot of water. If the alcohol reaches the medulla, it could affect your basic motor functions, such as breathing. You WILL need medical attention.

You've had your fun, but before you drink any more alcohol, you're gonna want to drink some water first. If the alcohol reaches the medulla, it could affect your basic functions, such as breathing. You WILL need medical attention.
Now you will know exactly what is happening to you while getting wasted this St. Patrick’s Day! So have fun!

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