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What Happens to Your Body and Brain When You Drink?

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Drinking has an enormous ability to alter the way you think and feel, but what makes alcohol so powerful? The way your brain reacts to alcohol causes the characteristic feelings of intoxication. Alcohol affects your neurotransmitters, which causes changes in the way you think and feel. This video explains how alcohol impacts your neurotransmitters to trigger changes in your mind and body.

Alcohol impacts two neurotransmitters: glutamate, which causes excitability, and gaba, which inhibits excitement and organizes thoughts. Consumption decreases glutamate but increases gaba. This causes total information slowdown in your brain. Watch the full clip for additional insight.

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