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2. How the Body Processes Alcohol

In addition to the brain, the bloodstream also carries the alcohol to the liver, the organ primarily responsible for breaking down the compound with special enzymes. In a healthy liver, this typically happens at a steady rate of about 20 milligrams per deciliter each hour. In practical terms, that means adults can usually process about one standard drink per hour. However, it is important to remember that many drinks contain more alcohol than the standard used for that calculation.

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