How Alcohol Affects Your Metabolism

Most often, people do not think about how the alcohol they are drinking is going to affect their body. In very general terms, alcohol is not good for anyone, even if it is consumed in small amounts. All organs of systems in the body, such as the liver, the lungs, the kidneys and the heart, will be negatively affected by alcohol. The metabolism is another place where alcohol has negative effects. 


Everyone has a metabolism, but they all act at different speeds. A good metabolism will need minerals and nutrients for the process to go smoothly. A slower metabolism will not be getting the proper amount of vitamins and nutrients and will not function at top speed.

A metabolism is a chemical reaction that happens in all living organisms. These reactions are necessary to maintain life. Because of these reactions, organisms can grow, reproduce and maintain themselves. If the metabolism is not maintained properly, the processes and reactions in the body will happen at a slower rate and will have a negative affect on the body.

Alcohol Consumption

In simple terms, alcohol will have a negative effect on a metabolism. A metabolism helps the body to burn off fat. When alcohol is consumed, that alcohol will directly affect the part of the metabolism known as the fats metabolism. When alcohol passes through the liver, instead of filtering the alcohol and removing it from the body, the liver will form acetate. The more alcohol that is consumed, the more acetate that will be formed. The body will then begin to burn off this acetate before it burns any fat from the body. The more acetate in the body, the slower the fat burning process will be.

The amount of energy that the body can receive from the fat in the body is greatly reduced during alcohol consumption. The body burns fat to get the energy it needs to perform basic tasks, but when alcohol is in the system, the acetate formed will be burned first causing energy to drop.

Prolonged Alcohol Consumption

It has been said that everything is alright in moderation. For the occasional drinker, this can be true because even though alcohol does have a negative effect, once the effects have worn off, the body will be back to how it should be. For people who drink excessively, this is not the case. The affects of the alcohol last in the body for up to eight hours after consumption is stopped.  If alcohol consumption is started again either during this time or soon after, the body will not have time to recover. The fat burning process will be slowed, causing the body to have less energy and could potentially lead to weight gain.

Alcohol is a product that affects the body as well as the mind. The occasional drink will not have lasting effects on the body, but continued and excessive use will leave its mark on the body and not in a positive way.


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