April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

What we see on a person’s EEG or measure of brain activity is that alcohol produces a nice alpha rhythm. It’s a “happy place” so to speak, tending to lift the mood of a depressed person, calm one who has anxiety. Alcohol tends to take the prefrontal cortex, which is in charge of focus, impulse control, judgment, forethought and impulse control offline, thereby disinhibiting someone who is shy or normally reserved. This all sounds like a good idea until you suffer the consequences…

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