How does alcohol effect brain function and thinking?!

Question: How does alcohol effect brain function and thinking?
Whenever I ask this question all I get are the negative effects of what alcohol does to you. I don't much care for that. I care about what areas of the brain alcohol effects and how that in turn affects your thinking from "normal" function. Neutral articles please :)


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Alcohol can affect several parts of the brain, but in general, alcohol contracts brain tissue and depresses the central nervous system. Also, alcohol destroys brain cells and unlike many other types of cells in the body, brain cells do not regenerate. Excessive drinking over a prolonged period of time can cause serious problems with cognition and memory.

When alcohol reaches the brain, it interferes with communication between nerve cells, by interacting with the receptors on some cells. The alcohol suppresses excitatory nerve pathway activity and increases inhibitory nerve pathway activity. Among other actions, alcohol enhances the effects of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA. Enhancing an inhibitor has the effect of making a person sluggish. Also, alcohol weakens the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamine, which enhances the sluggishness even farther.

Alcohol makes you smarter by killing off brain cells. Just as the lion will kill off the weakest of a herd of antelope, thus making the herd stronger, Alcohol kills off the weakest brain cells, leaving only the strongest, and smartest cells to thrive.

Cliff Claven, USPS carrier

Makes youuuuuuuu:
.Lose balance
.Become nauseous with too much consumption
.More vulnerable
Your body becomes warmer. Different drinks make you feel different ways both while drinking and the morning after. Watch Jersey Shore and you'll know what alcohol does :)

In a very good way most of the time!

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