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What happens when you drink alcohol?

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After you drink an alcoholic beverage like beer or wine, the alcohol enters your bloodstream from your stomach and small intestine. Then it travels to your brain. There, it slows reaction time, makes you less coordinated, messes with your vision, and -- even at relatively low doses -- leads to unclear thinking and problems with judgment.

From: Teens and Alcohol WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Collegedrinkingprevention.gov: "College Drinking: Changing the Culture."

CDC: "Fact Sheets - Underage Drinking."

 

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on April 18, 2019

SOURCES: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Collegedrinkingprevention.gov: "College Drinking: Changing the Culture."

CDC: "Fact Sheets - Underage Drinking."

 

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on April 18, 2019

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