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Letter: Many people are unaware of alcohol’s effect on brain

Many people are unaware of alcohol’s effect on brain

In his Another Voice, Dr. Richard Vienne, D.O., chief medical officer of Univera Healthcare, cites data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from the report published by his organization, Univera, about death and illnesses caused by alcohol.

There is an important factor that was not mentioned in this article. As a Buffalo State undergraduate, I needed one more drug course to graduate. Since a course in psychoactive drugs was given only at night, I was not able to enroll. However, the professor allowed me to take this course on “contract.” Instead of attending traditional lecture sessions, and completing assignments, I would do independent research and learn about psychoactive drugs and alcohol.

Needless to say, the professor knew what he was doing and could validate and assess what I learned. He gave me feedback and a grade, which led to my degree.

What I discovered is that alcohol affects the brain. Normally, we all have a mental safety net of protection that inhibits us from acting crazy, doing foolish things, robbing banks, shoplifting, running red lights, etc.

Alcohol has the immediate effect of eliminating this safety net. Dancing around, singing, arguing, etc., are all common manifestations of someone who is intoxicated. And I discovered the effects are immediate and insidious. They gradually creep up so that the person slowly becomes more and more intoxicated, and believes he is still the same person. Let’s remind everyone that alcohol immediately affects the brain.

David F. Quagliana