Neurotransmitters are responsible for nearly all aspects of our central nervous system and it’s ability to function properly. When these transmitters are affected by alcohol consumption, various factors affecting mood and the ability to function become altered.
Most people associate alcohol consumption with the negative effects it has on the body. Slurred speech, memory lapses and falling down are all signs of drunkenness. These signs occur because of the way that alcohol affects various parts of the brain and the central nervous system.
Alcohol is inhibitory to the brain because it reduces brain electrical activity. Alcohol also increases the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA in the brain. This will result in most of the tell-tale signs of someone under the influence of alcohol. Aside from these negative associations with drinking, alcohol increases the amount of dopamine that is produced within the brain. It is the increase of this chemical that results in the pleasure a person feels while in the early stages of drunkenness.