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What are the effects of alcohol on the brain?

Alcohol has a profound effect on the complex structures of the brain. It blocks chemical signals between brain cells (called neurons), leading to the common immediate symptoms of intoxication, including impulsive behavior, slurred speech, poor memory, and slowed reflexes.

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Also, what part of the brain does alcohol affect?

Other brain structures affected by alcohol include: The Frontal Lobes: The frontal lobes of our brain are responsible for cognition, thought, memory, and judgment. Alcohol's impact on the hippocampus leads to memory loss. The cerebellum: The cerebellum is the center of movement and balance.

Similarly, what are the effects of alcohol on the body? Consuming too much alcohol is linked to high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, trouble pumping blood through the body, blood clots, stroke, cardiomyopathy (sagging, stretched heart muscle), or heart attack. Excessive alcohol use, both directly and through malnutrition, can also lead to anemia.

Keeping this in view, does alcohol permanently damage the brain?

As a toxic substance, drinking alcohol can damage, or even kill, neurons. Research shows that sustained periods of drinking lead to overall shrinkage of the brain. Repeated blackouts, a clear sign of excessive drinking, can result in permanent damage that inhibits the brain from retaining new memories.

How do you know if your brain is damaged by alcohol?

ALCOHOL'S DAMAGING EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN. Difficulty walking, blurred vision, slurred speech, slowed reaction times, impaired memory: Clearly, alcohol affects the brain. Some of these impairments are detectable after only one or two drinks and quickly resolve when drinking stops.

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