"Ethanol: The Dose, Effects, and Side Effects of the World's Second Most Popular Drug"
  Dr. Kevin Strang
Department of Physiology
UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
Fellow, Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy
Abstract: Ethanol has been called a "pharmacological hand-grenade" because of its potent and widespread effects on the organ systems of the body. It exerts its effects by altering the function of membrane proteins in many different cell types. Most strongly affected are cells of the gastrointestinal, urinary, cardiovascular, and nervous systems. This discussion will highlight some of the ways these systems are affected, and address topics like: drinking on an empty stomach, hangovers, and effects on sex, heart disease, motor coordination, memory, and sleep.
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