The effects of
alcohol can be felt between ten to twenty
minutes after drinking, the effects can vary
depending on a number of factors.
Find out exactly how alcohol affects different parts of your
and your brain.
Age and size
We all mature at different rates including liver development.
Undeveloped livers work more slowly so alcohol isn't broken
down as quickly. A bigger body will also contain more water,
which dilutes the alcohol so the effects are smaller.
Eating food before drinking keeps the alcohol in the stomach
where it is absorbed more slowly. This gives the liver more
time to break the alcohol down.
Volume and speed
The more you drink, the worse the effects, but also the faster
you drink the faster the effects. Drinking faster than the
liver can break down alcohol allows it to build up in the
Type of alcohol
Fizzy drinks and stronger drinks such as spirits, are absorbed
more quickly. The bubbles in carbonated drinks can cause the
valve between the stomach and intestine to open, sending the
alcohol straight to the intestines - the part of the body
that absorbs alcohol the fastest.
Regular drinkers build up a tolerance, while first time drinkers
will feel the effects immediately.
Females are more affected by alcohol than males, as on average
they are smaller with more body fat and less water in their
body. As a result the concentration of alcohol is higher and
they feel the effects sooner. Females may also find their
reaction to drink is affected by hormone level changes which
occur during their menstrual cycle.