NOT YOUR CUP OF COFFEE OR ALCOHOL
ever wondered how coffee and alcohol affect your body?
Drink less, sleep more.
Stimulants increase certain types of cell signaling and amplify various physiologic processes throughout the brain and body.They increase the levels of catecholamines (brain chemicals that include dopamine), increase the amount of dopamine release and create a greater sense of attention, alertness, and energy, and make the user happy with side effects such as intense feelings of happiness, increased energy, improved attention, opened breathing passages, and suppressed appetite. Some of the biological side effects (even short-term) can be increased heart rate, heightened blood pressure, very high body temperature, muscle shakes or tremors, and agitation.
Depressants are a class of drugs that inhibit the function of the central nervous system (CNS) by increasing the activity of the neurotransmitter known as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) which reduces brain activity and causes the brain to slow down and the body to relax. Overall they lower the activity in the central nervous system and lower levels of awareness in the brain. Depressants act on the same areas of the brain as alcohol. Some short term side effects are slow brain function, slowed pulse and breathing, poor concentration, dizziness, slurred speech, sluggishness, dilated pupils, disorientation, lack of coordination, and addiction.
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