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: †https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/ and *SAMSHA.gov