EP 214: Reader Question – Why is alcohol considered a depressant but it seems like drinking makes me happy?

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If alcohol is a depressant, why do I feel happy when I’m drinking? And why would anyone drink if it’s a depressant? Annie explains the science behind this great question, including what happens to our blood alcohol levels (BAC) during a night of drinking.

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Alcohol Is A Depressant?

How can it be that alcohol is a depressant? My experience is that it makes me happy!

If my experiences have been that alcohol makes me happy, why is alcohol considered a depressant? Am I just different than everyone else?

Stimulant and Depressant

Alcohol is a unique substance in that it is both a stimulant and a depressant. The key thing to understand about this is what is happening is that what you feel will depend upon whether your BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) is rising or falling. When your BAC is rising alcohol is considered a stimulant. When it is falling alcohol is a depressant.

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