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Cocktail Chatter: Livers Love Moderation

March 23, 2012

Susan Sermoneta

Moderate your alcohol intake. We’re not saying don’t drink, just don’t over do it. And here’s why…

From the lips to the brain, alcohol is absorbed in under five minutes.  Though alcohol affects every organ of the body, it’s most dramatic impact is on the liver. The liver cells normally prefer fatty acids as fuel, and package excess fatty acids as triglycerides, which they then route to other tissues of the body.  However, when alcohol is present, the liver cells are forced to first metabolize the alcohol, letting the fatty acids accumulate, sometimes in huge amounts. Alcohol metabolism permanently changes liver cell structure, which impairs the liver’s ability to metabolize fats.

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