What happens to alcohol in your body?

Alcohol is a toxin, so the body’s aim is to get it to the liver – the body’s detox plant – as fast as possible.

But the liver can only break down about one unit of alcohol per hour, and any amount above this is turned away as it arrives at the liver and sent back into the bloodstream, to circulate around the body – causing damaging effects to all the cells it comes into contact with – until the liver can process it.