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Is it true that alcohol is a depressant?

Yes, when alcohol first hits the bloodstream it triggers a dopamine drop† (feel-good chemicals in the brain’s reward center). And then…

If you keep on drinking, that first hit of feel-good chemicals is followed by sedation and depression of the central nervous system (primary inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA)†. So yes, alcohol consumed in more than moderate amounts acts as a depressant on the brain and neuromuscular system.

If you choose to consume alcohol, please consider following the Moderate Drinking Guidelines*: No more than 1 drink a day for women and no more than 2 drinks per day for men.

Sources: † and *

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