This article, called “Drink and be merry: why alcohol makes us feel good, then doesn’t,” discusses how alcohol affects the brain. It also tries to explain why so many people keep drinking despite the negative effects.
What Leads to Alcoholism?
Alcohol is a toxin. During intoxication, ethanol interferes with neurons in the brain and essentially affects all of the brain’s functions. Although it increases dopamine and endorphin levels, alcohol also works as a depressant. It impairs the parts of the brain that control judgment, emotions, and memory.
According to the article, “the unpleasant biological/neurological effects of alcohol are well known, but as a society we’ve clearly decided (for the most part) that these down-sides are ‘worth it.’ Sure, alcohol makes us feel wretched the next day, but at the time it’s great!” This means that further education is needed in order to convince people that these side effects are not worth it.
Alcohol has what the article refers to as a “biphasic effect,” which means that “alcohol makes you feel both better and worse.” Once the level of alcohol rises past a certain point, which varies with each individual, the pleasant effects wear off. Then, they are replaced with fatigue and a worsening mood. This may lead the individual to drink more in order to improve their mood, which worsens the cycle.
Another factor that influences people to keep drinking is social pressure. Alcohol is often an expected part of social gatherings. Many individuals will give in to the expectation of drinking, even when it’s not on a conscious level. In addition, when an individual has a poor tolerance for alcohol, even one drink can hurt. To learn more about alcoholism, check out the source article at The Guardian website.
How to Combat Alcoholism
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