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addiction Alcohol - Chronic consumption can result in...

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Alcohol/Ethanol Small molecule. Moderately soluble in fat, which helps it pass BBB, which happens quickly. Highly soluble in water. Helps alcohol to be distributed to all bodily tissues, more to those with higher water/blood content. Passes blood/placenta barrier. About 20% absorbed from stomach, 80% from upper small intestine. Initially it irritates stomach, increasing hydrochloric acid and pepsin; aid digestion. In larger amounts, irritates stomach lining, and stomach tries to get rid of it.
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Unformatted text preview: Chronic consumption can result in inflammation of stomach (gastritis) or pancreas (pancreatitis). Alcohol reduces the breakdown of fat, so dietary fat has a greater chance of being stored than used. There can be an abnormal concentration of fat in liver cells over time with chronic consumption. Liver is breaking down alcohol at expense of fats. Fats then accumulate and interfere with functioning of liver. Reversible if stop drinking....
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