How Alcohol Affects the Body

When Tired

Drinking alcohol while exhausted can make you feel drunker than usual. See, tiredness slows your mental processes down. As a result, your ability to think and move might decrease. It is this decreased ability to think and move that makes you feel drunker than you are.

When Hungry

Drinking on an empty stomach makes the body absorb alcohol at a faster rate. Due to this, your blood alcohol might become dangerously high, affecting your thinking and movement. If you are starving or fasting, you might suffer from a metabolic complication called alcohol ketoacidosis.

When Stressed

Alcohol can slow your brain and central nervous system. This fosters relaxation, but for a short time. As a credentialed therapist, I always tell my clients to avoid making alcohol their go-to stress reliever. This is because eliminating stress with alcohol does more harm than good.

When On Medication

Alcohol can interact with medications, making them less effective. Mixing alcohol and medications might also cause side effects, including headaches, fainting, vomiting or nausea, drowsiness and poor coordination.

Drinking Quicker Than Usual

When you drink quicker than usual, your liver will digest a small amount of alcohol. This means most of the alcohol will accumulate in your bloodstream, causing your blood alcohol levels to increase. The result? You get drunker quicker.

Ieva Kubiliute is a psychologist and a sex and relationships advisor and a freelance writer. She's also a consultant to several health and wellness brands. While Ieva specialises in covering wellness topics ranging from fitness and nutrition, to mental wellbeing, sex and relationships and health conditions, she has written across a diverse range of lifestyle topics, including beauty and travel. Career highlights so far include: luxury spa-hopping in Spain and joining an £18k-a-year London gym. Someone’s got to do it! When she’s not typing away at her desk—or interviewing experts and case studies, Ieva winds down with yoga, a good movie and great skincare (affordable of course, there’s little she doesn’t know about budget beauty). Things that bring her endless joy: digital detoxes, oat milk lattes and long country walks (and sometimes jogs).

Barbara is a freelance writer and a sex and relationships adviser at Dimepiece LA and Peaches and Screams. Barbara is involved in various educational initiatives aimed at making sex advice more accessible to everyone and breaking stigmas around sex across various cultural communities. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys trawling through vintage markets in Brick Lane, exploring new places, painting and reading.

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