What it does
Alcohol affects the body in several ways.
- It depresses and slows down the central nervous system; this is what leads to a reduction in tension, anxiety, and inhibitions.
- It provides energy... but also tons of calories that usually head for the waist. Burn it off through exercise and you’re OK but from a nutritional perspective, it’s pretty useless.
- It affects liver function. After heavy drinking, as much 50% of the liver can be ‘immobilised’ although it usually recovers within a few days.
- It makes you piss. With heavy alcohol intake the body loses more water than it takes in and you become dehydrated.