What Are the Physical Properties of Water?

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Water has numerous physical properties, including the color, surface tension and adhesion. There are far more physical properties than chemical properties. This is partially due to water taking so many forms, such as ice or steam; each form of water has different properties.

Upon consumption, the alcohol in beer travels into the digestive system, where it enters the stomach and small intestine. Some components of beer are then processed by the body, and most of the alcohol is absorbed by the small intestine and stomach. Some alcohol is transported into the bloodstream through blood vessels, and dispersed throughout the body. During digestion, the liver works to metabolize the alcohol and breaks it down using special enzymes. The rate of enzyme breakdown varies depending on the drinker's rate of metabolism and the quantity of beer consumed.

According to the Brown University website, it takes approximately one hour for the liver to break down and process a 12-ounce beer. Consumption in excess of this amount causes alcohol to accumulate in the blood and body tissues, where it remains until it is metabolized. This delayed rate of metabolism explains why consuming large amounts of alcohol, especially over a short period of time, can cause high blood alcohol concentrations.