How Alcohol Affects The Brain

Orange County Detox

Who is most susceptible to alcohol?

Those with higher personality trait inhibitedness are most susceptible to alcoholism. The subjective effects vary depending on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to:

  • Age
  • Health status
  • Family history
  • Personality

One of the key concepts in alcohol abuse recovery is the learning or relearning to be social and happy without alcohol. This is one of the reasons why we employ a variety of treatment strategies, including behavioral and cognitive therapy, group sessions and individual counseling.

 

Alcohol Neurotoxicity

Here is something you may not know, that alcohol is a neurotoxin, which means alcohol damages nerve cells. Unfortunately, that also means the brain is a primary target for the actions of alcohol, and that is why heavy alcohol consumption has long been associated with brain damage.

Alcohol has also been linked to certain cancers….see for yourself

Alcoholic Brain

Alcoholic-brainLook at these two brains. You can easily see differences between the alcoholic brain and the non-alcoholic brain. The alcoholic brain has two major changes; (1) enlarged cavities and (2) reduced brain weight. The most affected area is the frontal lobe, which is the region involved with judgement, decision-making, movement and personality. The frontal lobe shows the greatest decrease in mass, both in gray and white matter, and the greatest increase in cavities.

For every nerve cell in the brain that is actively engaged in thoughts, emotions, and movements, there may be as many as 10 other cells, called glia a.k.a. neuroglia, that provide important support and protection.  If glia cells or neurons are damaged by alcohol, and that results in the loss of a few critical cells, there may be lasting effects on judgment, decision-making, movement, mood and behavior.  Alcoholics are at additional risk for brain injury from related causes, such as poor nutrition, liver disease and head trauma.

 

Alcohol Detox and Rehab

Detoxification

Alcohol often has a strong effect on people and throughout history, some people have struggled to understand and manage alcohol’s power. That is why we are committed to helping those who are currently impacted by alcohol.

The good news is that no matter how severe an alcohol problem may seem, most people will benefit from treatment. Our alcohol detox and rehab programs utilize a multitude of treatment strategies, including withdrawal treatment, vitamin therapy, alcohol counseling, substance abuse education and health information.