So today I was thinking about how people get drunk and was wondering how the aftereffects of drunkenness affects the brain.

So I am basically relating this with the personal experiences I have seen when people get drunk. I am writing this in hopes of changing peoples limits to a certain extent. This is in no hopes of making anyone STOP drinking it. I do occasionally too. 😛

So first how does someone get drunk? What actually happens?
Basically when you take in alcohol (like a cup NOT mugs and jugs) the body is capable of breaking down this within an hour or so.

So what do the Sri Lankans do? “Ado machan api set wemu, bites gennen” (Translated – Hey dude lets go have a drink, bring some tidbits when you come.) What does this bites mean? This is something you take in to slow down the absorption of alcohol to the body so you can drink more. Also you talk and shyt to slow it even further.

So the first day you do this and its all good. So you keep at it and later you think “ok, there is no kick now. I don’t get drunk, wtf?”

Now you slowly start to do one of the following.
1. Eat less bites – So the people who don’t drink will wonder “OMFG how come these guys eat so less.” Sometimes if you are not a drinker you might hear the occasional “Hey this idiot is eating all our bites. Shooo”.
2. Put less shandy.
3. Drink bit faster – with the same shandy and bite rate if you drink more faster (less than an hour).

By doing one or all of the following you can guarantee yourself to be drunk. In other words when your body cannot break down the alcohol you drink, you get drunk.

So now you are drunk, what does this mean and what gets affected?

The Cerebral Cortex and alcohol

          The cerebral cortex processes information from your senses, processes thoughts, initiates the majority of voluntary muscle movements and has some control over lower-order brain centers. In the cerebral cortex, alcohol can:

  • Affect thought processes, leading to potentially poor judgment.
  • Depresses inhibition, leading one to become more talkative and more confident.
  • Blunts the senses and increases the threshold for pain.

As the BAC increases, these effects get more pronounced.

So you ever wonder why people talk about how they feel about others, secrets they did, things that they are guilty about. All emotions can be sent out by getting drunk a bit. When you see them pour a glass with shaking hands, you know where they are.

The limbic system and alcohol

The limbic system, which consists of the hippocampus and septal area of the brain, controls memory and emotions. The affect of alcohol on this system is that the person may experience some memory loss and may have exaggerated states of emotion.

This is the place you start to cry, laugh loud or express your emotions fully when you spoke something during the earlier stage. Remember the time when your friend said “Dude wtf?? I said that? I don’t remember anything man… LOL”. So now you know when your friend has gone to the second stage.

The cerebellum and alcohol

The cerebellum coordinates muscle movement. The cerebral cortex initiates the muscular movement by sending a signal through the medulla and spinal cord to the muscles. As the nerve signals pass through the medulla, they are influenced by nerve impulses from the cerebellum, which controls the fine movements, including those necessary for balance. When alcohol affects the cerebellum, muscle movements become uncoordinated.

This is the point when you start swaying, trying to hold something as you walk. Also now pouring the glass is becoming harder. When you try and fill the cup and miss, some start laughing to themselves. etc. This is when you hit the third part.

The hypothalamus, pituitary gland and alcohol

The hypothalamus controls and influences many automatic functions of the brain (through the medulla), and coordinates hormonal release (through the pituitary gland). Alcohol depresses nerve centers in the hypothalamus that control sexual arousal and performance. With increased alcohol consumption, sexual desire increases – but sexual performance declines.

By inhibiting the pituitary secretion of anti-diuretic hormone (ADH), alcohol also affects urine excretion. ADH acts on the kidney to reabsorb water, so when it is inhibited, ADH levels drop, the kidneys don’t reabsorb as much water and the kidneys produce more urine.

This is the stage where some men use alcohol to rape women. When the women is in this stage only she will give into the man to have sex. The pleasure for sexual arousal will be there however she will not be able to “act wild”. This makes it easy for women to loosen up to have a fling. But this is a very highly risky state of mind. Also you might have heard “I need to take a phiss now… ha ha ha” and you help your friend goto the bathroom to take a leek.

The medulla and alcohol

The medulla (brain stem) influences or controls body functions that occur automatically, such as your heart rate, temperature and breathing. When alcohol affects the medulla, a person will start to feel sleepy. Increased consumption can lead to unconscious. Needless to say, alcohol’s effect on the medulla can be fatal if it is excessive.

This is the stage you need to be careful of. Its the last level of alcohol consumption and maybe yourself. People feel sleepy and sometimes become unconscious because of this stage. Remember your friend who says “I need to take a piss” and disappears into the bathroom for about an hour and no answer. Then you make your way into the toilet to find out he’s sleeping with his head resting on the commode. If this is ignored and more is consumed then you may rest in piece.

So to all the drinkers, remember your limit and don’t push your luck. As I said before read this at your own will and don’t spam me with shyt.

Resource – http://www.bloodalcohol.info/how-alcohol-affects-the-brain.php

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