If you've been living under a rock for the past week you may have missed the craze about what just about every single drink does to your body within an hour after you consume it.
More specifically, Coke and Diet Coke, but then there was the marijuana one too. Anyway, it doesn't look like this fad is going away anytime soon, so of course somebody was going to through together a piece about the effects of beer.
Well it was AlcoholGiftsUK that got to the free publicity first, and here's what they came up with. Actually, they did a '24 hours after drinking' but we all know what happens after you wake up, you feel a state and wish you hadn't of done it at all, then swearing off the substance and vowing never to touch it again, until next weekend.
First 5 minutes:
Within minutes of taking a sip the alcohol travels to your stomach where it is absorbed into your bloodstream, it then travels all over your body including to your brain and around your muscles.
Your body sees the alcohol as a poison, it doesn’t want to store it and aims to break it down and get rid of it as quickly as possible.
Your stomach now is trying to breakdown and remove the alcohol, it’s now produced the enzyme ‘Alcohol dehydrogenase’ which converts the alcohol into chemicals including Acetaldehyde (which is quite toxic and is a big contributing factor to your hangover the next day), then into acetic acid and finally fatty acids and water (the final two the body likes). This then sobers you up, however if you drink more than your liver can deal with you will become drunk.
You generally start to feel the alcohol affecting you after 20 minutes, this includes a light head, feelings of happiness or other emotions.
Between this time and 90 minutes is when the alcohol level will peak in your blood.
You’ll likely need to go to the toilet, as alcohol is a diuretic the kidneys direct drink directly to the bladder, this causes you to need the toilet more often and dehydrates you. If you stop drinking you’re likely to feel sleepy or crash out, although you’ll get to sleep quickly, due to dehydration your quality of sleep is not good.
Then of course there's the longer effects, the next day.
When you awake you’ll be likely feel one of the many symptoms of a hangover such as headaches, dizziness, thirst, paleness and tremors, most of which are caused by dehydration. Your body will still be trying to deal with any excess alcohol in your system.