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Here's What Happens to Your Brain When You Get Drunk

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  • Alcohol slows the functioning of the limbic system of your brain, which controls emotions such as anxiety and fear
  • The functioning of your prefrontal cortex, a brain region associated with reasoning and judgment, also slows when you drink alcohol
  • At high doses, alcohol may cause the neurons in your brain that control your heart rate and breathing to slow down their communication to the point that your breathing stops completely, leading to death

By Dr. Mercola

Alcohol acts as a depressant to your central nervous system, which means when you drink it your brain cells communicate at a slower rate than normal. The limbic system of your brain, which controls emotions such as anxiety and fear, is also affected.


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