Here’s What Happens to Your Liver When You Drink Alcohol

No doubt about it: We live in a drinking culture, especially now that many of us are self-isolating or under stress. It can seem like every time you turn around, there’s an opportunity to have a beer or a glass of wine. But what is that drink—or those nights of drinking—doing to your liver?

The liver, as you’ve probably heard, is the body’s largest internal organ. Befitting its substantial territory, it performs more than 500 functions, including metabolizing fats, carbs and protein; producing bile; and detoxifying the blood. When you take a drink of alcohol (otherwise known as ethanol), it’s absorbed through the stomach and small intestines, where it spreads into the bloodstream. Here’s what that does to your liver. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You May Have Already Had COVID.

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It Can’t Detox Your Body

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The Best Healthy Sodas to Drink If You Hate Sparkling Water

As hard as sparkling waters try, they can never quite quench a thirst for the ridiculously sweet soda you might be avoiding in the name of your health. 



a woman wearing a blue shirt: Ultra fizzy, lightly sweetened, and bursting with classic and innovative flavors, these healthy sodas are going to become your latest beverage of choice.


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Ultra fizzy, lightly sweetened, and bursting with classic and innovative flavors, these healthy sodas are going to become your latest beverage of choice.

But now, sparkling water isn’t your only options for quelling soda cravings. The newest delicious fix? Healthy soda. Typically a carbonated concoction of water, sugar or alternative sweeteners, and fruit juices or botanical extracts that provide intense flavors, these better-for-you beverages contain roughly 12 percent of the sugar and one-third of the calories found in a can of Coca-Cola.

“With typical soda, the main problem is that it has a lot of calories with absolutely no nutritional benefit,” says Keri Gans, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.N, a dietitian and Shape Brain Trust member. “I sometimes

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