Alcohol is absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the walls of the stomach and small intestine, where it is rapidly distributed to all parts of the body including the brain.
The main organ responsible for removing alcohol from your body is your liver, which generally takes one hour to break down the alcohol in one standard drink.
- slows down your reflexes;
- impedes your judgment; and
- impacts your balance and coordination.
Having coffee, vomiting or taking a cold shower won’t remove alcohol from your system, despite common misconceptions.
Discover how alcohol affects your body, organs and systems with our interactive tool. We’ve also put together helpful tips for drinking in moderation, and a reminder of the short term and long term effects of misusing alcohol.