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How does alcohol affect your inhibitions

When an individual decides to drink a large amount of alcohol, their brain will naturally release a chemical called dopamine which gives the feeling of happiness and pleasure. The brain uses the natural chemical to reinforce to the body that this is positive behavior due to the chemical typically being released to promote wellbeing behaviors such as:

  • Exercise
  • Healthy eating
  • Hard work
  • Accomplishments
  • Solving problems

The more alcohol an individual consumes, the more dopamine is released into the body, resulting in an even more significant chemical change.

Alcohol severely interferes with the brain’s communication pathways; additionally, this also blocks most negative emotions such as stress, anxiety, fear, and all sorts of insecurities. Often, socially awkward individuals or people who don’t have much confidence will seem completely different once they have had a drink.

What are the risks of lowered inhibitions?

One or two drinks are a great way to relax after a stressful day or in a social setting; however, when you begin to reach the 5+ stage of alcoholic beverages consumed, an individual may further act in strange ways. Alcohol is often fuel to the following behaviors:

  • Criminal activity
  • Driving under the influence
  • Use of drugs
  • Fighting or becoming overly aggressive
  • Risky sexual behavior
  • Adultery
  • Inappropriate comments

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) warns that alcohol is a factor in 40 percent of all violent crimes committed in the United States. If the above comments sound like you or a loved one after a drink, you are likely at risk of either developing an alcohol addiction or having a current developed one. Please reach out to a member of our team at Shoreline Sober living: 866-280-4905

You could become the victim

When your inhibitions are lowered because of alcoholic substances, you become more prone to becoming a victim to crimes such as:

  • Sexual assaults
  • Date rape
  • Mugging
  • Random violent attacks
  • Injuring yourself

Yes, there are benefits to having a drink or two, especially if you suffer from disorders such as social anxiety; however, when you push the limit too far with the amount of alcohol you are consuming, you are putting yourself at risk. Friends or co-workers who consume drugs will ask you if you want to try; you are significantly more likely to say yes with your inhibitions lowered.

Alcohol will often completely rid anxiety from an individual, making you less aware of your surroundings, less afraid to speak up to people, and less afraid to begin speaking to random people. All of which can lead to an extremely dangerous situation very quickly.

Physical impairments

Due to your lowered inhibitions, your coordination, reflexes, balance, and your ability to fight back if required, all take a back seat. You cannot run correctly without stumbling, and you cannot fight back when in a dangerous situation. Furthermore, if too much alcohol is consumed, it can leave an individual completely unable to consent to sexual activates. Too much alcohol can leave you completely vulnerable.

Don’t give in to peer pressure

Having a drink or two is great; the feeling of happiness when you are with your friends or loved ones is great. But do not let yourself lose all your inhibitions and get yourself into dangerous situations with awful consequences by trying to consume as much as your friends, loved ones, or co-workers.

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