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The science of alcohol
The science of alcohol

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5 Summary of Week 5

In this week you have learned how ethanol travels through the body and is eventually removed by metabolic processing. You have also studied some of its effects on different organs of the body, including the brain, and briefly looked at acute signs and symptoms of ethanol on the human body overall.

You should now be able to:

  • describe the process by which the ethanol molecule (alcohol) is broken down by the body
  • explain how the body reacts to the presence of alcohol and why it dulls the senses
  • discuss the reasons for a hangover and what is the ‘best’ way to get rid of one.

Next week you will return to the brewing process and consider the wider issues associated with scaling up commercial beer production. You will also look in more detail at how alcohol is removed from beer – so one definite way to drink beer and ensure you are not the recipient of a hangover the following day!

You can now go to Week 6 [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .