Alcohol is a common beverage that Americans consume and in 2015, more than 50% of Americans consume alcohol, whether it’s a single glass of beer during dinner or getting drunk in the bar. And while people are drunk, we all know that is a state where people can really blabber nonsense and do things they wouldn’t usually do. Some people even black out and forget the next morning what they said or did.
Why? Why did you kiss your crush just because you had a little more drink than usual? Or why did you speak out loud about what you are thinking and now punishing yourself over it?
Alcohol triggers the brain to release dopamine, a happy hormone. Because your brain feels happy when you drink alcohol, even though it’s bitter, you don’t feel as bad when you drink more. While you feel happy and excited, GABA, a neurotransmitter that calms the body down, making you relax. You won’t feel as stiff and is happier about the situation now.
Blocks rational thinking
The part of the brain that is very responsible for rational thinking is the prefrontal cortex. This is the brain that tells you not to do stupid things in front of people you are not really close to. This is also the part of the brain that controls your emotions and feelings. Alcohol inhibits this process, preventing you from making logical decisions while you make impulsive actions without properly thinking about the consequences.
This hormone or neurotransmitter is basically similar to adrenalin. This stimulant is what causes you to spring into actions as your rational thinking is no more working. Basically, your brain is not allowed to tell you a common sense: stop being so embarrassing in front of your crush and get a grip of yourself before you think out loud about taking off your bra because it’s too tight.