It’s almost time to ring in 2017. And since most New Year’s celebrations include alcohol, Reactions’ latest episode explains the chemistry behind its effects – drunkenness, frequent bathroom breaks and occasionally poor decision-making.
All alcoholic drinks have one thing in common – the mind-altering molecule ethanol.This chemical is responsible for simultaneously slowing down the brain and releasing a number of stimulants, giving rise to the feeling of being drunk.
According to the video, ethanol binds to the GABA and NMDA receptors.When it binds to the GABA receptor, it causes neural message firing to slow, making you feel calm.
The more ethanol you have, the less you’ll remember, and this is what can cause blackouts,’ the video explains.