Alcohol has varying effects on the mood and temperament of a person. We all know people who become more funny and outgoing when they have alcohol in their system versus those who become angry, violent, or overly emotional when they drink. It isn’t uncommon for the way a person reacts to alcohol to be different one-day from the next. The hard truth is there is no way to control the effects alcohol will have on your personality.

Alcohol affects people as a sedative and as a stimulant. Depending on the makeup of your body chemistry, how much alcohol you ingested, when you drink, and where you drink, the outcome of how you respond to alcohol will be different. Those who have an alcohol abuse issue will have greater reactions when they drink which is something that doesn’t happen to those who are not addicted.

The Effects Of Alcohol On Behavior

How you drink alcohol will play a big role in whether it will act as a sedative or a stimulant. Slow drinking, or sipping on an alcoholic beverage will result in a sedative effect. Consuming a lot of alcohol rapidly will have a stimulating effect. This is why crowded bars and parties can get so rowdy. These tend to be situations where people take in large quantities of alcohol fast through drinking games and by taking shots.

Too often, addicts combine alcohol with other drugs. When alcohol is taken in as a stimulant it is very dangerous when it is mixed with other stimulants. Energy drinks and amphetamines make for a serious health risk. Likewise, when alcohol is used in a sedating manner and mixed with other, similar sedating drugs the outcome can be grave. Here is a list of depressants that should not be combined with alcohol use:

  • Ativan
  • Klonopin
  • Xanax
  • Valium
  • Barbituates
  • Sleeping pills over the counter or prescribed

How To Find Treatment For Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol: Stimulant Or Depressant?Treatment is a courageous step any addict can take to grab hold of their life and start the process of overcoming their addiction. Not only do treatment programs get to work on the physical dependence one has to alcohol or drugs, but they also seek to find the root of the addiction. Psychological factors are also a big part of an addiction, and without diagnosing and addressing these conditions recovery becomes much harder. Many people who abuse alcohol also have underlying anxiety or depression. It is important to help those with a substance abuse problem tackle their demons and get well mentally to make healthy decisions and changes to their lives.

Discovery Place’s medical detox and addiction alternative treatment center can help you if you are ready to take control of your life and beat your addiction. Our 12-step program is designed to help those who are struggling with addiction. Discovery Place’s Tennessee addiction alternative treatment center is located in the calm, slower-paced countryside of Tennessee. Our team is always here to talk with you when you need no matter what time of day. We pride ourselves on our consistent, accessible communication standards.

Call Discovery Place’s Tennessee detox alternative treatment center anytime day or night at 1-800-725-0922 to discuss your situation.



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