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courses.lumenlearning.com/suny-nutrition/chapter/6-5-alcohol-metabolism

Ethanol is passively absorbed by simple diffusion into the enterocyte. Ethanol metabolism occurs primarily in the liver, but 10-30% is estimated to occur in the stomach 2.For the average person, the liver can metabolize the amount of ethanol in one drink (1/2 ounce) per hour 3.There are three ways that alcohol is metabolized in the body.

pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/3310044

Alcohol is metabolized by two pathways in humans: the ADH pathway which accounts for the bulk of the metabolism, and the MEOS pathway which contributes to the increased rate of ethanol elimination at high blood alcohol levels. The increased rate of elimination which results from chronic alcohol cons …

sites.tufts.edu/alcoholmetabolism/history

When alcohol, in the form of ethanol, is consumed, the majority enters the systemic circulation where it can then be metabolized in the liver via the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH).

study.com/academy/lesson/alcohol-metabolism-process-effects.html

Alcohol that is now in your blood finds its way to the liver, which is the main site of alcohol metabolism. Alcohol enters your liver, and most of it follows the main metabolic pathway that occurs ...

chemistry.elmhurst.edu/vchembook/642alcoholmet.html

Alcohol Metabolism Effects. Introduction: Alcohol is the favorite mood-altering drug in the United States and its effects, both pleasant and unpleasant, are well-known. What may not be well known is the fact that alcohol is a toxic drug that produces pathological changes (cirrhosis) in liver tissue and can cause death. ...

alcoholvolume.com/alcohol-dehydrogenase

The metabolism of alcohol begins with the breakdown of ethanol to acetaldehyde. It is a toxic compound that may lead to cell and tissue damage. With the action of alcohol dehydrogenase, acetaldehyde is further converted into glutathione, which is an antioxidant.

healthyliving.azcentral.com/alcohol-metabolism-after-death-12243970.html

Alcohol passes through the stomach to the small intestine, from where it enters the bloodstream and travels to the brain. The liver, which processes chemicals and eliminates toxins from the body, removes about 95% of the alcohol from the bloodstream, with the rest exiting through breath, saliva and excretion.

sites.tufts.edu/alcoholmetabolism/the-biological-pathway/cytochrome-p450-2e1

With increasing blood alcohol concentration, a secondary pathway for ethanol metabolism kicks in using the microsomal cytochrome P450 enzyme CYP2E1 ().When the ethanol concentration is low, CYP2E1 is only responsible for oxidizing around 10% of the ethanol, but as the blood alcohol concentration increases, so does the activity of CYP2E1 in metabolizing ethanol.

www.verywellmind.com/alcohol-and-hormones-66570

Inhibit glucose production while alcohol is being metabolized. Impair the hormonal response to hypoglycemia with heavy consumption. Limit intake of glucose by not eating properly when drinking. Chronic heavy drinking can increase the body's glucose levels. A review published in 2015 reported that chronic heavy drinking can cause glucose ...

ask.metafilter.com/138018/Is-alcohol-metabolized-like-sugars-Or-something-else

Thanks for all the answers. That Wikipedia article jedicus linked has a lot more biological detail than I can really follow, but what I get from it is "alcohol metabolism is a different process than sugars". Thanks also for the perspective from Type-1 Diabetes, chinston. When researching this question I found the American Diabetes Association's comments on hypoglycemia (and a potenti...