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About 20% of alcohol is absorbed right through the stomach after drinking. This means alcohol could have a rapid effect on other aspects of digestion. Specifically, it could affect the rate of gastric emptying, which would then affect how quickly other food is digested. I found one paper which I think supports a faster rate of emptying, but another that ...


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Oxygen presumably does dissolve in blood. At least nitrogen does (as any scuba diver could tell you), and I don't know why oxygen should be different. And a quick search shows it does dissolve in blood, but only about 2% of the amount carried by red blood cells: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK54103/


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