True or false- alcohol can pass directly into the bloodstream from mouth or stomach

Not Medical Advice: True.

According to Drug and Alcohol Information and Support, when the stomach is empty, alcohol passes directly into the bloodstream.

When the stomach has food in it, particularly food high in protein, the rate of alcohol absorption is slowed but not stopped.

Once in the bloodstream, alcohol is quickly distributed evenly throughout the body.

Alcohol dilates or widens the blood vessels as it enters the bloodstream causing:

greater flow of blood to the skin surface (blushing)
temporary feeling of warmth)
increased heat loss and rapid body temperature decrease)
drop in blood pressure

Alcohol travels through the body from the mouth, to the stomach, into the circulatory system, the brain, kidneys, lungs, and liver. Learn how alcohol affects the body at Drug and Alcohol Information and Support.

Tip! Learn 11 ways to curb your drinking, from Harvard Health.

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