The Effects of Alcohol on The Brain – Stop Before It’s Too Late!

The Effects of alcohol on the brain

Most people know that alcohol is super bad for their bodies, that it’s addicting and it has many negative effects, yet people still consume alcohol…

In this post, I’ll focus on the effects of alcohol on the brain rather than the body.

There are many reasons why you might consume alcohol. Some use it as a way to escape reality, to forget all the worries. Some use it to have fun with friends.

Doesn’t matter what’s your reason, it’s always best to avoid alcohol. There are other ways to forget about your worries or to have fun.

Related: Facts About Alcohol

Alcohol never solves any problems. While it might be a temporary fix (while you’re drunk), it has a lot of negative effects on your body and brain.

It’s not worth to slowly throw your life away just to forget about something. Just start exercising, meditating, reading, or do anything else that will not only make you forget about all the worries, but also will be beneficial in many ways.

The Effects of Alcohol on The Brain – Factors That Determine The Effects

There are quite a few factors that will determine how strong the effects of alcohol will be:

1. Age. The younger you start the worse it will be.

2. How long have you been drinking.

3. The quantity consumed.

4. How frequently you drink.

5. Family history of alcoholism (genetic background).

6. The level of education (usually people with better education suffer a bit less from negative affect, but don’t count on this too much).

7. Gender (Females are more vulnerable to alcohol than men).

8. General health status (how strong the immune system is).

Losing Self Control is Really Bad

I’m pretty sure you’ve been there before! You get drunk and start doing things that you would never do while sober.

Things like: Having stupid conversations, revealing things you shouldn’t reveal, breaking stuff, augmenting over something stupid, punching someone in the face, because you don’t like them, spending all your money, or just talk complete nonsense.

None of these things happened to you? Well, congratulations, because you’re haven’t experienced something that over 99% of people experienced many times.

Why losing control is bad for the brain? Because, you cause permanent damage to your precious thinking box!

At first, you might not lose a lot of control. But each time you’ll lose more and more control. While at first you might just talk crap that nobody understands, 10 parties later, you might start braking stuff or fighting everyone.

Basically, your brain gets weaker and weaker to those negative effects of alcohol each time you get drunk.

Permanent Memory Loss

Have you ever experienced a blackout after drinking too much alcohol? This has happened to most people who are consuming alcohol. All you can do in the morning is, ask questions like, “What happened?” or “Did I do anything stupid?”.

It’s nothing to be happy about, because it actually impacts your memory negatively. The more alcohol you consume, the weaker your memory will be.

You might start to notice that you forget things quite easily. You might even lose old memories that don’t involve alcohol and it’s harder for new memories to stay in your head!

Do you have a weak memory? Check out this post: How to Improve Your Memory and Stay Sharp

Some studies show that alcohol has a strong negative effect on your working memory. This type of memory is responsible for memories that help you complete simple tasks like cleaning your desk or doing laundry.

Other studies show that people who drink alcohol have more difficulty recognizing faces than people who don’t drink.

Memory is extremely important to every human. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing in your daily life, you want your memory to be as strong as possible and this is a very good reason why you should stay away from alcohol.

Alcohol Effects Your Social Life

A lot of people socialize while drinking alcohol, because it makes the conversation go more smoothly, it boosts confidence and so on.

Related: Quit Drinking Alcohol If You Want Your Confidence to Skyrocket!

However drinking alcohol has negative effects on your social life (especially if you drink often).

Do you like hanging out with drunk people when you are sober? I bet not… They are annoying, they usually smell terrible and talk or do completely stupid things.

Plus it kinda makes you to feel like you are responsible for this person’s drunk actions.

Not cool, huh? Just think how you make others feel when you’re while you’re drunk, but others are sober.

Imagine that you met really nice girl, but once you get to know her better, you realize that she spends most of her free time drinking vine with friends or partying.

I bet you would change your opinion about here once you find this out. Or, you wouldn’t change your opinion, because you’re doing the same exact thing. You might like her even more, because of this!

Do you think that your employer likes a worker who drinks every weekend and shows up smelling like alcohol every Monday?

People who drink alcohol often, think that they have so many good friends, but in reality they don’t have any real friends.

They only know people who also drink a lot, and you just get into that circle of alcoholics. And it can be really hard to leave such a circle.

Alcohol gives you confidence right?

Related: How to Boost Your Self Confidence

People who drink a lot of alcohol usually become depressed, insecure about themselves or their future and lack any confidence.

They choose alcohol because it momentarily helps forget or at least stop worrying about life. But once you get sober, all of those worries come back and it hit you even stronger. Then you need more and more alcohol to keep forgetting about it.

Alcohol Messes up With Your Emotions

Do you have that friend who gets drunk and talks about his long-lost love, cries and pities himself for hours and hours? I do.

It might look like this happens only when the person is drunk, but in reality, alcohol can mess up your emotions in the long run and you can become unstable.

People who drink alcohol are less calm and relaxed. They might get angry or upset very easily. In general, their emotions are complete mess and it might lead to many mental illnesses.

Constantly being angry and upset is really bad for your brain. Nobody will want to be around you if you simply vibrate anger into the universe!

Related: Here’s Why Alcohol Turns You Into An Emotional Hot Mess

Alcohol for Younger People

Alcohol has a stronger effect on younger people. Their mind, brains and personality are still growing and even low amounts of alcohol can disturb this process.

Kids usually taste alcohol for the first time when they are around 13 – 14 years old and that is terrible. The truth is, that almost every teenager has already been drunk multiple times (especially in western world).

Their brains are already long term damaged and the teenager is more likely to have drinking problems in the future.

It’s illegal for kids to buy or drink alcohol, but the sad part is, teenagers are quite creative and the system is not good enough to stop them from getting alcohol.

They can get their hands on these substances quite easily…

It’s really up to the teenager himself if he will choose to drink or not, but good parenting can reduce the chances of choosing the wrong thing.

It’s Addicting and It Makes You Vulnerable To Other Addictions

We all know very well that alcohol is extremely addicting, the more you drink the harder it will be to stop.

Usually young people think that it’s super easy to quit smoking or drinking. It’s because when you are young it’s indeed easier to get rid of bad habits and addictions, however when you will get older you will regret it.

Ask any older person (for example your grandpa) what are the things that he regrets the most in his life, and ask him about alcohol. I’m pretty sure he’ll tell you to avoid alcohol as much as possible.

Imagine that you are sober and someone offers some drugs (speed for example), you will probably say no and go away. Now imagine the same situation when you are drunk.

When you are drunk you might consider taking something like this.

One addiction may lead to another and drugs of any kind can do so much damage to you. Very few drug addicts actually start with drugs. Basically all of them star with alcohol, so be aware of that.

But in the end, alcohol is also a drug and it’s a really strong one.

Stop Killing Yourself

It should be very obvious that alcohol is extremely bad for you. It might very easily mess up your life and health, yet most people still consume so much alcohol.

Plus, you get terrible hangovers in the morning. As you age, your hangovers will become stronger and stronger. Which can lead to alcoholism, because a lot of people try to kill their hangover by drinking more alcohol.

Related: How To Cure Hangover Fast and How to Avoid It For Good?

You can’t change other people, but you can control and change yourself. You don’t have to be like others. You don’t have to join the circle of drinking.

You can choose a sober and healthier lifestyle, just say no to alcohol.

Whenever there’s an opportunity to drink alcohol, AT LEAST limit the amount you drink if you can’t resist it.

If you want to become the greatest version of yourself, you simply must stop taking using this substance (or limit), because it’s killing all your gains.

It literally affects basically everything you do, whether you want to get in shape, improve memory, confidence, communication skills, relationships, diets, or simply any kind of skill.

If you have goals to improve yourself, alcohol will make sure you have little to no results in self-improvement.


Do you drink alcohol often? What’s the craziest thing you’ve done while you were drunk? Comment bellow!

14 thoughts on “The Effects of Alcohol on The Brain – Stop Before It’s Too Late!”

  1. Princila says:

    This is a very thoughtful post, thank you!

    I live in Saudi Arabia, so I don’t drink alcohol at all, although some people brew beer and make wine illegally in their homes at the risk of getting caught, jailed, flogged in public, and deported.

    I used to drink occasionally in my home country, but I had never made the mistake of drinking more than a couple of glasses while out. I did drink a lot in the confines of my bedroom, especially on weekends, and slept heavily until the next day. It was cool in those days: single, working lady with no kids or partner.

    As a mother of two and the wife of a man who gets knocked out by a single glass of wine, alcohol is now off my list. Even if I relocate to a country where it is not forbidden to drink it, I very much doubt I’ll be drinking at all. Doing crazy things ‘under the influence’? I guess that’s probably never going to happen to me. But who knows?

    1. Donny says:

      It’s great when you haven’t developed any sympathy for alcohol. It’s easier to resist this way. Anyway, even if you do move to another country, I suggest not to get used to drinking. 

  2. Justin says:

    I must admit – I do like to party at the weekends – probably up to 10 beers on an average Saturday -I also like to have some mid week – typically on a Wednesday – a whiskey or three, this post is a serious warning for me – especially the memory loss you mention, I have a young family so really should be more responsible, thanks for helping me cut back and getting my priorities right…

    1. Donny says:

      It might not be easy to cut back if this has become a habit for you. Try finding some activities that could change this habit. Something that makes you happy and occupies your mind from alcohol. Glad this post is of help to you!

  3. Avareth says:

    This was a great read. So many points in this article are absolutely right, and so many people would benefit by taking this to heart. It’s true that if you’re in a social group of drinkers, it is likely that none of those people are your real friends…everyone just wants to feel good together when they’re drunk. I think that alcohol is a great way to celebrate things with true friends or live it up for a special occasion, but taking it further than that is dangerous. You really get into all the important details here and I appreciate that.

    1. Donny says:

      Yeah, most people celebrate special occasions with alcohol, but then they like it too much and they start consuming alcohol every week just to have fun. 

  4. Rachel says:

    I’ve only drank alcohol once, and that’s on wine appreciation class in school.

    I guess I don’t have to mention that I get drunk and my friends have to send me home ’cause they were afraid I’ll get into an accident on the road. I’m really thankful to have them as friends!

    I remembered very clearly what happened that day. My head felt really heavy, and I threw up quite a few times. After I threw up I felt much better. I talked a bit of silly things, but mainly about school work. When my friends send me home, I could still give them directions. When I got home, I immediately fell into bed and slept for a few hours. I had a mild headache until the next evening.

    That’s when I’ve decided never to get drunk ever again.

    1. Donny says:

      I’m glad you choose to never drink again after trying it once. Most people have terrible experiences with alcohol, yet it’s still widely used by the masses.

  5. Kathleen says:

    This a great article!! I love how you are a straight shooter! I truly didn’t know half of what you shared here!! I am certain if more people knew how damaging it is to consume alcohol we would be a lot nicer to each other… Thank you for your honesty. We need people like you to get brains back on board on this planet!!

    1. Donny says:

      Yes, educating people about the effects of alcohol might decrease the consumption! It’s just that most people don’t want to be educated about it, because they are in love with this substance…

  6. David says:

    This article speaks the truth on so many levels! Alcohol has a tremendous negative impact on the brain especially when abused. One thing that stood out to me is how alcohol impacts memory.
    Memory has a lot to do with how we advance ourselves in our everyday lives. Whether that has to do with school, work, or even your social life.

    1. Donny says:

      Yes, memory is so important to us, yet most people simply kill their memory with alcohol and all kinds of other drugs.

  7. Yvette says:

    Very informative. I think you scared me straight! 🙂

    1. Donny says:

      Haha, cool!

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