Alcohol is one of the most widely used drugs in the world.
One drink contains 12 grams (.5 ounce) of pure alcohol. Examples of standard drinks include:
Alcohol is absorbed quickly into your bloodstream. How fast it is absorbed will depend on the type and amount of food in your stomach. Foods high in fat and carbohydrates will slow how fast alcohol is absorbed.
Alcohol can cause the following:
Alcohol use can cause liver disease, heart disease, some forms of cancer and pancreatitis.
Alcohol-related health or behavioral problems indicate that you may have a problem with alcohol use.
Too much alcohol can affect your health, causing::
Alcohol can affect your behavior and cause:
You may be dependent on alcohol if you:
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Alcohol, mh-ahc-13735 (Information adapted from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.)
Allina Health's Patient Education Department