- Speech that sounds slurred
- Inability to stand up or walk straight
- Distorted sight
- Delayed reaction
- The inability to think rationally
- Inhibition - willing to do anything
Is Alcohol a Stimulant?The initial wave of side effects produced by alcohol is more stimulating than depressing. Initially, you may drink alcohol to relax or not feel bound by social inhibitions. However, drinking too much can cause you to quickly move beyond the stimulating effects into the more depressing effects of alcohol. Once you drink beyond your tolerance, you may start to feel impaired or cannot make good decisions. Slowly, your senses, mind, and motor skills start to go into decline.
Side Effects Depressants from AlcoholSo, is alcohol a stimulant or depressant? Alcohol inhibits glutamate and causes memory loss and other impaired brain functions. Alcohol releases dopamine — the neurotransmitter chemical responsible for pleasure and reward. These causes people to drink even more in an attempt to increase pleasant feelings that dopamine produces. However, as you consume more alcohol, side effects will become more intense. Pretty soon, the alcohol will impair your judgment, vision, and alertness. It will also dull your senses, affect your concentration, and slows down your reaction time.
Treatment for Alcohol Use DisorderYou may have experienced times when you drank alcohol primarily for its side effects. This has often been referred to as Drinking to Get Drunk. In this situation, you know exactly how you are going to feel after so many drinks, and that is precisely how you want to feel. If you continue drinking alcohol for this reason on multiple occasions, the side effects of alcohol will eventually wear off. However, if you continue drinking in this manner, you run the risk of developing alcohol use disorder. If so, you can get help for your disorder at our alcohol addiction rehab program in Midway Utah. You can take advantage of the following types of treatment for your disease:
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Men’s & Women’s rehab center
- Holistic therapy
- Group and individual therapy
- Family therapy program
- Residential treatment center