How Alcohol Affects Metabolism

When it comes to the body and health, alcohol tends to play the villain. With metabolism, this narrative is no different, but it has a few surprising twists. Alcohol does, in fact, speed up your metabolism. When you consume alcohol, your body processes it first, before carbs, fats or proteins — technically, speeding up your metabolic processes compared to your baseline metabolism. But before you grab that bottle of Sancerre, consider the consequences. Like all science, it’s not so simple.

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Matthew Ankeny