How does alcohol affect the brain?

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Overall, alcohol affects the brain a lot. Cerebellum first shows immediate effect of alcohol after consumption. Let's think of it as, Long-Term effects and Short-Term effects.


The effects of alcohol really depends on how much alcohol you drink. If you were to drink only one to two drinks, the effects won't be as severe as drinking couple of bottles every day (binge drinking).

What is alcohol?

Alcohol is a depressant that affects your vision, coordination, reaction time, multitasking ability, judgment, and decision-making.

What are some of the short-term effects of alcohol?

Considering you only take medium doses of alcohol, some short-term effects are;

  • Slurred speech
  • Sleepiness
  • Altered emotions
  • Lower core body temperature
  • Loss of balance

and more.

What are some of the long-term effects of alcohol?

If you are a regular drinking ( Having couple drinks every week ), some long-term effects are,

  • Liver damage and cirrhosis of the liver
  • Brain cells die, decreasing brain mass
  • Lower levels of iron and vitamin B, causing anemia
  • Alcoholism
  • Death

and more.

In the end run, is alcohol good for you and your body?

No, alcohol is not good for you and definitely not good for your body. Sure, it does give you a feeling of relaxation and ease, but in the end, it's not worth your time.


If you are looking for more information on how alcohol affects the brain, please consult your local doctor.