What can happen if too much alcohol is consumed – WWL

NEW ORLEANS, La – Max Gruver’s death is also calling attention to the amount of alcohol being consumed. Eyewitness News spoke with the Director of LSU Health Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center to learn what can happen to the body when too much alcohol is consumed.

“The minute you drink alcohol it can go into your liver, your heart, your brain and your lungs,” said Patricia Molina, MD, PhD. “It can permeate every single tissue in our body.”

There are a lot of factors when it comes to drinking alcohol.

“It’s going to differ for people and it’s hard to predict how much alcohol an individual would have to drink to achieve those lethal concentrations,” she said.

However, no matter your size, weight, age, or even gender, Molina says the more one drinks the more things can turn dangerous. In some cases, without you knowing.

“Once that alcohol comes into our bodies it’s absorbed,” she said. “And as we continue to drink it, we basically overpower the ability of our liver to clear the alcohol drink we’ve consumed. If you’re going to drink, you must be sure it’s not on an empty stomach and you must be sure your drinks are spaced out because on average one can handle one drink per hour. That one hour gives the body sufficient time to metabolize the alcohol so that by the time the second drink comes along, you’re on your way down of that alcohol concentration curve.”

Even if someone were to pass out, it can turn dangerous.

“As your alcohol levels increase your respiratory center gets depressed,” she said. “Lets say after I drank my fourth alcohol drink I pass out, but maybe that fourth alcohol drink hasn’t finished being absorbed and so there’s still

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