SUV driving down the road promoting national impaired driving prevention month

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month is a joint effort between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The purpose of this initiative is to promote safe driving during the holidays. Families, educators, healthcare providers, and community leaders can come together to promote awareness about drunk…

a man wondering is alcohol a stimulant

Is Alcohol a Stimulant?

Is alcohol a stimulant or a depressant? The answer is not that straight forward. Alcohol works by imitating a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA. The neurotransmitter is responsible for sending specific messages to the brain, which results in sedation, relaxation, and improvements in mood. These effects are similar to other depressant drugs such as…

a woman suffering from alcohol poisoning symptoms

Alcohol Poisoning Symptoms

Alcohol poisoning symptoms occur from consuming large amounts of alcohol in a short period. Drinking too much too quickly can affect your breathing, heart rate, body temperature, and gag reflex and potentially lead to coma and death. If you suffer from alcohol poisoning, you should seek immediate medical attention. If you suspect someone has alcohol…