How Alcohol Negatively Affects the Brain

People everywhere enjoy an innocent drink from time to time, but just how innocent is alcohol? It is obvious that consuming alcohol lowers inhibitions, but what most drinkers don’t realize is that regularly sipping from the bottle can have long-term effects on the brain. Aside from the risks of alcohol poisoning, liver disease, heart disease and pancreatitis, the chances of developing a mental health problem are scarily high because alcohol causing brain disturbances.

More than 50 percent of people dealing with alcoholism will suffer from memory problems as a result of damaged brain cells. Regions of the brain that are heavily affected include:

  • Cerebellum
  • Cerebral cortex
  • Medulla
  • Hypothalamus and pituitary

The effects that alcohol has on a person will depend on how often that individual drinks. In fact, there are many factors that can influence the ways in which alcohol affects the brain. There is an elevated risk of memory lapse and blackouts if you:

  • Began drinking at a very young age
  • Were at risk of pre-natal alcohol exposure
  • Drink on a daily or weekly basis

Your upbringing and genetic background will also play a role in this. As alcohol enters the blood stream, balance decreases, sexual desire increases, body temperature decreases and breathing is affected. Only 10 percent of the brain is normally used, proving that alcohol’s long-term effects on the brain are worrying.
The brain can deteriorate if you abuse alcohol regularly and studies have shown that long-term drinking can cause:

  • The brain to shrink
  • Brain cells to reduce
  • The hippocampus and frontal lobes to decrease in size
  • The brain to work harder
  • B-vitamin deficiency

When alcohol travels to the synapse, which is the gap between cells in the brain, neurotransmitters will be interrupted and this interference to the function of the brain can negatively affect memory and cognition.

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About Michele Lavigne

Michele Lavigne is the Owner of Wellminded Center, a drug rehab treatment center located in Irvine, CA. For over 20 years Wellminded Center has been providing effective rehab treatment that focuses on the mind, body and spirit, and has helped scores of teenagers and adults overcome drug and alcohol dependence. Google +

Drug Rehab Treatment: Detoxing is Important Even After Withdrawal

Physical, Spiritual, and Emotional Instability
The brain and mind work together in an integrated and mysterious way. During drug rehab treatment, you may experience secondary withdrawal. If something negative is affecting your body, then your emotions will also be affected. If something is affecting your brain, then your spirit will notice.

In drug rehab treatment, when going through withdrawal, it is important to remember that your discomfort is only temporary. You aren’t high any longer, and your emotions are no longer being numbed. You are now spiritually open to everything and everyone. With that being said, your emotions are probably going haywire since you aren’t completely back to normal yet.

Chemical Re-BalancingYou are feeling the physical reaction of withdrawal along with your unstable emotions that can cause you to react with either anger, depression or anxiety, or a combination of all three. This is a time when you are more prone to experiencing panic or rage attacks. However, if you make the difficult choice to change your thoughts on purpose, your emotions will then follow. Secondary detoxing, which is detoxing after your withdrawal (1st Detox), could last a very long time.

Secondary detoxing during your drug rehab treatment is when your body goes back to normal. All of the internal processes need to be realigned. When using drugs, certain chemicals are released from your brain, and this is what causes you to get high, not the drug itself. Those chemicals are no longer there.

Your metabolism needs to go back to normal. Your body needs to be chemically re-balanced. To achieve this state faster, exercise and a healthy diet are essential. Vitamins, minerals and plenty of water will help you to achieve equilibrium faster, along with physical activity and a little sweat. Maintaining a positive self-image and reminding yourself that the road to recovery isn’t easy to travel, but you are brave for taking the necessary steps to do so will help you find both emotional stability and strength.

When you add exercise, healthy diet and self-confidence together, you are more able to get over the hurdle of your second withdrawal and are consequently closer to recovery.get over the hurdle of your second withdrawal and are consequently closer to recovery.

About Michele Lavigne

Michele Lavigne is the Owner of Wellminded Center, a drug and alcohol rehab center for teenagers and adults located in Irvine, CA. For over 20 years Wellminded Center has been providing effective rehab treatment that focuses on the mind, body and spirit, and has helped scores of teenagers and adults overcome drug and alcohol dependence. Google +