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Why does alcohol lead inebriated people to think they can drive?

It is quite likely that you have already heard that alcohol is a depressant. In this regard, alcohol alters the brain's chemistry by changing its neurotransmitter level. Neurotransmitters are what send signals through your body which control your emotional, behavioral and thought processes.

There are two kinds of neurotransmitters that alcohol affects: excitatory and inhibitory. Alcohol can suppress the release of glutamate, an excitatory neurotransmitter. This suppression causes a slowdown of your brain's ability to send signals to the rest of your body. Alcohol also can increase the production of GABA, an inhibitory neurotransmitter. The release of GABA in the brain results in sedation.

But additionally, alcohol stimulates the release of dopamine, which is fed into the "reward center" of your brain. In this way, alcohol produces a feeling that is not unlike having a good experience, such as spending time with someone you really like.

In fact, alcohol operates in several different parts of the brain, producing a variety of reactions simultaneously. For example, alcohol's effects on the cerebellum result in a person having trouble maintaining balance and steady movement. At the same time, alcohol works on the cerebral cortex, causing a lowering of inhibitions.

Given that alcohol has such a profound impact on the brain's functions, it is easy to see why driving under its influence is such a dangerous undertaking. Yet people get behind the wheel while intoxicated every day. And every day, innocent people are seriously injured or even killed by drunk drivers.

Alcohol can act to severely impede a person's judgement. This disassociation from reality makes drunk drivers hazardous to all other road users. And when they cause harm to others, drunk drivers should be held accountable.

If your life has been negatively impacted by the actions of a drunk driver and you need compensation to cover medical and other expenses, you may want to contact a personal injury attorney. The attorney could evaluate your injuries to determine an amount that will cover your present and future costs and act on your behalf to try to secure fair recompense.

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