EP 448: What I Wish I Knew Before My First Drink – The Thief of Joy

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In the second episode of Annie’s four-part series, What I Wish I Knew Before My First Drink – Annie talks about the process the brain naturally follows to stay in balance. And how alcohol totally disrupts it.

In an effort to kick alcohol out of the body, it also leaves you with moments of stolen joy. The joy you thought you were experiencing from drinking in the first place. Tune in to find out how.

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Highlights of Alcohol Disrupts Brain Balance – The Thief of Joy

The brain’s job is to keep you alive—It does this by constantly striving for homeostasis (or balance). So when a toxic substance like alcohol enters the body, the brain goes to work. Check out the details:

  • People often drink to feel good/happy – Alcohol over stimulates the pleasure circuits of the brain
  • Since an OVER-stimulation takes place, the brain balances with a chemical called dynorphin
  • The brain works to expel the toxin from the body – Most important task
  • Alcohol gets the boot out of the body, but dynorphin (the chemical that makes you feel less pleasure) stays
  • The more you drink, the more dynorphin, and the more it continues to stay in the body
  • Fun, happiness and joy decreases with the addition of dynorphin with each drink
  • You drink to feel better (pleasure) but it’s an uneven exchange – Joy is now harder to feel

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Listen to the entire podcast to hear more about the “Law of Diminishing Returns.”

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