Effect of Alcohol on the Nervous System – Alcohol is a Depressant

Alcohol is a depressant.  This means that it slows down the function of the central nervous system.  It blocks some of the messages coming to and going from the brain.  This alters a person’s perceptions, emotions, movement, vision and hearing.  It slows down reaction time.  That is why persons are told not to drive after drinking.  It is because alcohol slows down the functioning of the brain that even a small amount of alcohol makes people feel relaxed and less anxious.  We feel relaxed and calm not because the problem has been solved, but because the problem has been temporarily veiled from our awareness.

(to be continued)


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