How Alcohol Affects the Organs of the Body

clandestinef By clandestinef, 18th Oct 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Let us have a trip inside our body and see what happens to our organs when alcohol is taken into the system.

How Alcohol Affects the Organs of the Body

How Alcohol affects the Organs of the Body

Let us have a trip inside our body and see what happens to our organs when alcohol is taken into the system. Alcohol passes through the mouth to the esophagus. Delicate membrane becomes irritated and a burning sensation is felt.

The Stomach
An empty stomach receives alcohol, which do not need to be digested. The alcohol molecule is very small and can easily pass through the stomach lining and rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream. Alcohol in small amounts increases the flow of gastric juice of the stomach lining that can stimulate the appetite, greater amounts of alcohol dull the appetite. Excessive intake of alcohol can irritate the stomach lining causing it to sore which I called ulcer.

The Kidney
The frequent urination of the drinker is caused by the increase formation of urine called diuretic effect. Alcohol does this by acting on the pituitary gland, which lies beneath the brain. This gland secretes a hormone that controls urine production. Alcohol suppresses the secretion of this hormone, causing more urine to be produced by the kidneys. That’s why a person suffers dehydration and feels thirsty after drinking alcohol.

The Lungs
Alcohol fumes are immediately absorbed through the lungs and quickly reach the brain. While breathing out, alcohol leaves the body in small amounts through the lungs. About 5% of the alcohol taken into the body leaves the kidneys, lungs, and skin. The liver removes the rest.

The Liver
When alcohol reaches the liver, the process of removing is called oxidation. An oxidation is the one coverts alcohol into water and carbon dioxide. Drinking alcohol is at the fastest rate causes a rapid buildup of alcohol in the bloodstream. Inability of the liver to breakdown fats will be affected due to the presence of alcohol in the bloodstream. Fats which collected in the liver cause a condition known as fatty liver. Cirrhosis of the liver may occur due to alcohol, which means scarring. The tissue of the liver has a scar. When the liver has a scar, the blood flow will be slowed and the functioning of the liver will be affected. Progressive cirrhosis can cause death. Other conditions may cause cirrhosis, but usually alcoholism causes cirrhosis.

The Brain
When the brain has already has Blood Alcohol Content (BAC), the ability to function has already been altered such as control of behavior and other bodily functions such as speaking, walking, hearing, and tasting food. Some become brave, feels powerful and acts Superman -like; attempts stunts, like driving on the wrong side of the road. Excessive intake can cause the nervous system to be ineffective.


Alcohol, Alcohol Abuse, Alcohol Poisoning, Alcoholic, Alcoholic Beverage, Alcoholism, Body, Brain, Health, Liver Heart Kidney, Lungs, Stomach

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I'm a 23 year old from the Philippines. I loving exploring new things especially writing. I am a nice open-minded person. I believe that "what you get is what you see."

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author avatar Maria Papadopoulou
25th Oct 2010 (#)

Exrremely interesting and useful. Thank you so much for sharing.

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author avatar clandestinef
26th Oct 2010 (#)

Thanks Maria...

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author avatar Denise O
27th Oct 2010 (#)

Great info.
I know when I have concumed a bit of alcohol, I feel like crap the next day, so it is no wonder it does all that damage.
Good thing I only do this a few times a year.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar clandestinef
29th Oct 2010 (#)

Thanks Denise O

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