U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can alcohol alter your brain chemistry?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: With acute intoxication the brain chemistry is altered, alcohol withdrawal, brain chemistry is altered and if dependence to alcohol develops, brain chemistry is altered. Any drug including alcohol has a direct effect on the brain, its neurotransmitters, it may cause some neurotrasmitter levels to go up and some to go down. The brain "tries" to adapt to what you do to it, but their are consequences.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
A Verified Doctoranswered
A US doctor answeredLearn more
Yes: That's actually what it does and that's what being drunk or intoxicated is - an alteration of our brain chemistry. It acts on receptors that inhibit nerve transmission; the earliest inhibition is in the very front of the brain where our inhibitions and judgements are stored, so we may get silly and more social. The higher the dose, the more sedation, and in very high doses sleep, coma and death.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Related questions

A 22-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
A 38-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
A 25-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
A 39-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
A 24-year-old male asked:
2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Oct 4, 2016
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.