Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Facts About Alcohol

A drink is considered to be:

  • one 12 oz. beer or wine cooler
  • one 5 oz. glass of wine
  • one 1.5 oz of 80 proof distilled spirits

Remember that your body can only process alcohol at a constant rate of .5 oz per hour, regardless of how many ounces you consume. Acute (sudden and severe) alcohol intoxication results in tremor, anxiety, irritability, nausea and vomiting, decreased mental function, vertigo, coma, and death. Chronic (ongoing) alcoholism harms every organ in the body, particularly the liver, heart, brain, and muscles. Chronic alcohol use causes loss of many nutrients from the body, including thiamine, vitamin B6, and calcium.

It takes up to 48 hours for the body to expel all traces of alcohol from our bodies. One night of drinking can cost you several days of workouts and recovery.

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