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An intoxicating drink produced by the direct fermentation with yeasts of the sugar content in the relevant fruit (or grain converted to sugar by malting. Spirits add more strength by distillation.
When consumed, alcohol is rapidly absorbed from the stomach and upper intestine and affects nearly every tissue, particularly the central nervous system. It also results in dilation of the blood vessels, particularly of the skin.
Alcohol is more rapidly absorbed at higher altitudes, as in, for example, the slightly reduced pressure of an aircraft cabin.
As in the case of refined sugar, alcohol can deplete the body of essential B vitamins, vitamin C and K, Zinc, Magnesium and Potassium. See Alternative Medicine