It’s no secret that alcohol can impair your motor functions, speech and thinking while substantially contributing to addictive behavior. The short and long-term effects of alcohol abuse have caused alcohol rehab centers from Los Angeles to New York City to see an influx in recent admits. So how exactly does alcohol affect brain function in both the short-term and long-term spectrum, and why is it so dangerous?
Some of the major short-term effects of alcohol abuse involve sedation, lowered inhibitions, increased serotonin production (which can contribute to addictive thinking and behavior) and loss of major motor functions. But that’s just the beginning—the long-term effects of alcohol abuse have been linked to irreversible brain damage. Here’s a complete breakdown of what you need to know about the short-term and long-term effects of alcohol on the brain.