Alcohol influences your body and health in different ways. Alcohol activates the reward center of the brain by increasing production of two substances: dopamine and GABA. Dopamine will make you feel happy and satisfied while the effect of GABA is inhibitory, causing lethargy and lack of alertness.
You will notice the effects of the buzz as long as your brain continues secretingdopamine. The peak blood alcohol range for dopamine secretion is around 0.6 parts per milliliter, but your body secretes GABA for as long as you drink regardless of blood alcohol levels.This means the more you drink, the more lethargic you’ll become and if you keep drinking past your buzz you’ll start having problems with coordination and your intellectual function will be impaired.
Alcohol weakens your immune system and can make you prone to diseases such as pneumonia, diabetes and depression. Even small amounts appear to be carcinogenic. Alcohol can inhibit exercise ability and yield through dehydration, reduced glycogen stores or psychological effects. The student’s health and well-being survey from 2014 also found a negative association between alcohol consumption and academic achievement. Students who drink excessively and often usually master their studies poorly and spend more time to complete their studies.
A hangover is the processes your body initiates to neutralize the alcohol and repair the damage that is caused. You’ll notice this in the form of nausea, headache, anxiety or moodiness. You can’t cure this sickness but you can prevent it. A step in the right direction is by not exceeding the optimal buzz. It can also help to eat before drinking, as well as drinking something alcohol-free between each alcohol unit. Do not be affected for more than 3-5 hours and lie down when the intoxication is decreasing. A hangover is not dangerous, but it’s a sign that you’re drinking more than your body can handle.