from the desk of
Dr. Sadaqat Ali:

Unlike anything else we eat, alcohol is absorbed differently, is eliminated differently and affects us all in a different way as well. More information on all of these issues means better decisions, when it comes to drinking.

We all drink water and it is important to us. We know its significant, but hardly does anyone know much about it. Some of us love to drink alcohol, but are completely unaware of the basic information of this unique beverage. There are a lot of myths around alcohol and alcoholism and how it affects our lives and the lives of our dear ones.

Dr. Sadaqat AliDr. Sadaqat Ali , a graduate from Dow Medical College, Karachi is a renowned professional in the field of addiction psychiatry. He has a background of getting trained at “HAZELDEN” and “Vital Smarts”, USA. Dr. Sadaqat Ali is the Project Director of Willing Ways (Pvt.) Limited and Sadaqat Clinic (pvt.) limited. He is a sought after speaker who promotes new scientific solutions for persistent and profound problems. (Readmore)

Every year, Willing Ways conducts a major survey in Pakistan. Recently, we asked people which subject was of great interest to them and a great majority of all respondents wanted to know about the effects of alcohol on the human body. Honoring that request, Willing Ways is pleased to add this informative article to its “Drinking Shrinking” series. Its purpose is to provide information and influence behavior using simple, easy-to-understand language. Willing Ways believes strongly that one way to prevent alcohol abuse is to make sure that people know exactly what happens to the drink in their bodies and what goes wrong that messes up their lives and the lives of those around them. People who are equipped with accurate information are more likely to be aware of the dangers of abusive drinking and understand even more clearly the importance of responsible drinking. When it comes to consumption of alcohol, there are a few hard and fast rules that hold true for everyone. However, each one of us must take our specific differences into account as we make our choices. Rest assured, the path that alcohol travels through body is not the same for everyone. There are exceptional inherent difficulties that some people go through and need to sacrifice their love of life for them.  And it remains true that excessive, abusive drinking and intoxication will always be unacceptable – socially, culturally and medically. In other words, irresponsible and mindless drinking is always in bad taste.


More than 10 million people in Pakistan drink alcohol regularly and most of them are only moderate drinkers. Anyone who drinks should be aware of the fact that alcohol is not like any other food and they should also know the psychological effects of drinking: how the alcohol is absorbed, how it is eliminated and the impact it has as it travels through our body.

Molecules of alcohol are quite tiny, so they are absorbed very quickly by the blood. They are not broken down like food items that get infused in the blood easily. Alcohol molecules dissolve easily in water and fat, the main ingredients the human body is made of.