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How alcohol affects the body

Alcohol and the bodyThe Route of Alcohol through the Body

Alcohol travels through the body from the mouth, to the stomach, into the circulatory system, the brain, kidneys, lungs, and liver. As alcohol is consumed and absorbed, the following may occur:



Circulatory system


More info on effects of alcohol on brain.




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Alcohol and health

Anderson, P. & Baumberg, B. (2006) Alcohol in Europe, A Public Health Perspective. A Report for the European Commission. 

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