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How does your liver process alcohol?

The liver contains an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase, which is responsible for metabolizing ethanol. Alcohol dehydrogenase converts the ethanol to another molecule called acetaldehyde, which is then excreted from the body. A healthy liver can process about half an ounce of pure ethanol each hour, which equates to roughly one beer, one glass of wine, or an ounce of liquor each hour.


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