Why is Alcohol Addictive?
Alcohol is addictive by nature and there are a variety of reasons why people become addicted. Some start drinking because their friends or colleagues drink and they want to be socially accepted. Some find that the more they drink, the more relaxed they feel and more fun their friends seem to think they are. Others turn to binge drinking as a way of relieving pain and loneliness, or to wash away bad memories.
Most people know that alcohol affects the brain by releasing the naturally occurring feel-good opioids, known as endorphins, in regions of the brain associated with reward processing. But there’s more to it.The brain must maintain a careful balance of chemicals called neurotransmitters to function normally. Neurotransmitters are small molecules involved in the brain’s communication system that ultimately help regulate the body’s function and behavior.