Why Does Your Face Get Hot When You Drink Alcohol?

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Intoxication

  • Alcohol is consumed in liquid form, is absorbed by the stomach and small intestine and enters the bloodstream. When a person consumes more alcohol than the liver can process (generally 1 oz. in 60 minutes), intoxication occurs. Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol in a short period of time causes a rapid onset of acute intoxication.

Effects

  • Alcohol is a depressant that generally lowers inhibitions and can cause talkativeness when used in moderation or social settings. Larger amounts of alcohol intake have more severe effects, such as slurred speech, slowed reaction time, impaired judgment and, in some, aggression.

Blood Vessels

  • Acute intoxication can cause blood vessels to dilate, leading to a feeling of warmth on the skin, most noticeable on the face. Although your face may feel hot, your body is actually experiencing a rapid loss of heat that could cause internal damage if left untreated.

    To stop the dilation of blood vessels and loss of body heat, discontinue alcohol intake until the alcohol in your system has been processed. To avoid this and other potentially damaging conditions, consume alcohol only at a rate that it can be processed effectively by your liver.

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