Posted by: M. Walgenbach | July 14, 2011

The Skinny On Red Wine

LUNGS: A small amount of alcohol speeds up the breathing rate. 
But at this level of intoxication, the stimulating effects of alcohol are replaced by an anaesthetic effect 
that acts as a depressant on the central nervous system. The heart rate lowers, as does blood pressure 
and respiration rates, possibly to risky levels - in extreme cases the effect could be fatal. During exhalation, 
the lungs excrete about 5 per cent of the alcohol you have consumed - it is this effect that forms the basis 
for the breathalizer test.

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