The Influence of Alcohol on the Brain

826 Words Jan 31st, 2018 3 Pages
You can also get addicted to alcohol. Why can alcohol become an addictive substance? Drinking alcohol causes a release of endorphins and activates reward circuitry in the brain. Heavy and frequent drinkers experience a larger release of endorphins. Eventually, tolerance and dependence develop, and users become addicted to alcohol. Endorphins are any of a group of hormones secreted within the brain and nervous system and having a number of physiological functions. They are peptides that activate the body's opiate receptors, causing an analgesic effect. If you drink just one beer the stimulants mess with your brain. Alcohol messes with your nervous system. When you consume alcohol your judgment gets hazy. That is one reason you don’t drink and drive. When you drive under the influence your judgment is off so you may not know what side of the road you are on. If you get pulled over while intoxicated you may have to take a Breathalyzer. They legal limit for a Breathalyzer is 0.8%. You can say you do not want to take the Breathalyzer because it is your right. Little factors like the person’s weight, muscle mass, or recently consumed drinks and food can all affect the measurement of a person’s blood alcohol content. People often think when…
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