How Does Alcohol Affect The Human Brain

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Did you know that drinking not only affects your liver but also your brain, heart, pancreas, immune system, and can even cause multiple types of cancers? In today 's generation drinking has become a social aspect in society that not only adults partake in, but underage kids do as well. In spite of all the public awareness regarding the use/abuse of alcohol, we continue to hear sad stories of accidents and deaths caused by alcohol. Why is that we do not seem to understand the effects of alcohol on the human brain? Lets go over it one more time.
Alcohol is a depressant that affects the Central Nervous System (CNS), which includes the brain and the spinal cord. The brain contains cells whose main function is to send signals to other cells in our bodies. These cells are called neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters carry information through our bodies, prohibiting or limiting motor function depending on the level of intoxication. Once intoxicated our judgement becomes impaired, memory, speech and physical ability becomes slow and uncoordinated prohibiting us from reacting and making sound decisions in critical moments. Some believe that alcohol stimulates their senses making them feel happy and free from inhibitions. However, this is
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We constantly hear of accidents caused by drunk driving and in most instances innocent people are dying due to drunk drivers. It is estimated that 10,000 in the United States are killed and 40,000 injured in auto accidents involving alcohol (sciencenetlinks). Keep in mind that drivers use their hands, eyes, and feet to drive, all of which are controlled by the brain. If the driver is intoxicated the brain is impaired and is not sending or responding appropriately. Driving requires quick responses to unexpected situations and requires alertness, concentration, coordination, vision, etc., all important skills which are impaired by an intoxicated person behind the
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