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  • Image of a liver - half of it healthy and the other half showing signs of cirrhosis with an image of a bottle of liquor imposed over it

    How does your body handle alcohol?

    Though some people argue that alcohol is not a true “drug” due to its legality and its characterization as a food item, alcohol is certainly a psychoactive substance that alters the functioning of the body. In large doses, alcohol has harmful and toxic effects. The alcohol molecule (or ethanol molecule) is a small one. Because… Read More

  • What is binge drinking?

    Binge drinking is characterized by consumption of a large amount of alcoholic beverages in a short period of time. Typically, clinicians and medical practitioners define one episode of binge drinking as five drinks for males, and four drinks for females in one episode. Despite the fact that the drinker may not be considered “drunk” or… Read More

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    Why does Alcohol Change Behavior?

    Alcohol is known across society to cause “disinhibition,” in which a person’s feelings and thoughts are no longer under the same amount of restraint as they used to be. The cortex, which is considered the “responsible” or “thoughtful” part of the brain, shows less activity when inebriated. More specifically, the frontal cortex, which is responsible… Read More

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