Frequently Asked Questions (F. A. Q.)

How does the body break down alcohol?

Most of the ethanol in the body is broken down in the liver by an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH), which transforms ethanol into a toxic compound called acetaldehyde (CH3CHO), a known carcinogen.

Reference: http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/AA72/AA72.htm

How does the body get rid of alcohol?

About 10% of alcohol leaves the body in breath, sweat and urine, but most is broken down by the liver which takes an hour per standard drink. Essentially it takes time to get rid of the alcohol from your body.

Reference: http://prevention.gwu.edu/alcohol-absorption

How long does it take for your body to process alcohol?

Alcohol is metabolized at the rate of .015 of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) every hour. When alcohol is metabolized in the human body, it is converted to acetaldehyde, a chemical that is structurally similar to formaldehyde.

Reference: http://prevention.gwu.edu/alcohol-absorption

Why do guys have a higher tolerance for alcohol?

Contrary to common myth, not even men and women of the same height and weight experience the same effects from consuming identical amounts of alcohol. Women are affected by alcohol more rapidly because they tend to have a higher proportion of body fat than men.

Reference: http://www.alcoholproblemsandsolutions.org/