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How Does Alcohol Affect the Brain?

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The brain tells us what to do, it is the epicentre of operations and instructs the vital organs – so your heart keeps beating and you carry on breathing. The brain also controls your emotions, governs your movements and enables you to learn. It is the master of your senses – without your brain function there would be no way to see, taste, hear, touch and smell.  

The brain and the spinal cord are made up of nerve cells and this Central Nervous System (CNS) starts a chain of events that sees messages sent to the body – our internal organs and extremities such as arms and legs. With so many things to organise every second of every day your brain needs to be on the ball, so it’s strange to think that now and again we sabotage it.

Every time we gulp down a pint of beer, or swig back a mouthful of wine we are sending the alcohol straight to our precious neurons (there are over 100 billion neurons making up our grey matter). Understandably this effects our brain and in turn the rest of our functions. Everyday tasks, such as walking and driving can be affected and approximately 85000 people are convicted on drink driving charges every year in England and Wales.

The Effects of Alcohol

Alcohol can help you to relax, but too much alcohol can affect your health. When you drink too much you are less cautious and lose your inhibitions, often feeling impulsive and overly confident.  Some people think they can take on the world after a drink, but underestimate the impact of alcohol on their mind and body. Drinking alcohol severely impairs your judgement and although you may feel ok, there are certain things you shouldn’t contemplate doing while over the limit.

Driving over the limit is against the law and those who are apprehended will need to go on the hunt for drink driving solicitors to help them address the drink driving charges they will find themselves facing. Not to mention having to deal with the stigma of being classed as a “drink-driver.”

Memory can be affected too, have you ever woken up feeling a little fuzzy about the previous night’s events? Or worse, have no recollection of how you made it to your comfortable bed? It can be upsetting when you are trying to piece together the evening to ascertain if you did anything outlandish. Too much of the hard stuff can even prompt your brain to think it’s time for a snooze. Hence the passed-out people you sometimes see propped up in a doorway or on a friend’s shoulder after a boozy night.  

Movement is also massively effected by alcohol too and slows down your reactions. Balance and co-ordination can be seriously compromised and even walking in a straight line can become mission impossible. Judgement is also impaired, along with emotional stability – that’s why you often see people crying, shouting and fighting in the Kebab house after a big night out!