Why drunk people always want more alcohol

(ORDO NEWS) — After a couple of drinks, it’s easy to stop and end the “fun”. But when a person gets very drunk, they often want even more alcohol. We will explain why this happens.

Drank in a bar, drank in another bar, bought supplements for home… Why is it so hard for a drunk person to stop?

The simple answer is that alcohol releases inhibitors such as dopamine and serotonin. Even small amounts of alcohol can release dopamine in the brain’s “reward center”.

A number of neurotransmitters in different parts of the brain combine to make alcohol consumption enjoyable. The person begins to think that he is having a great time. The euphoria created by these neurotransmitters reinforces the habit of drinking, as well as the idea that “more is better.”

GABA receptors

Another reason drunk people want more alcohol is through specific mechanisms called GABA receptor agonisms .

Alcohol enhances the action of gamma-aminobutyric acid (commonly known as GABA, the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain) and inhibits the action of glutamate (the main excitatory neurotransmitter) in the human brain.

Consequently, cognitive and motor skills suffer due to alcohol consumption. Therefore, it is not surprising that a drunk person finds it difficult to concentrate.

Alcohol makes the main train of thought work as usual, but reduces the likelihood that the brain will generate related thoughts and build logical chains. When a sober person drives a car, his brain performs many actions at the same time. He checks the speedometer, takes into account signs and traffic lights, monitors traffic.

The GABA receptors are stimulated by alcohol in a drunk person, so their brain cannot “switch” as smoothly as it normally would. While driving, a drunk person may pay attention to the speedometer, but completely forget about traffic and traffic lights.

Therefore, drinking alcohol in a bar makes you focus on yourself – a person needs more alcohol, and the processes and the environment do not “excite” him.


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