Ever wonder exactly how alcohol affects the brain? There are numerous effects that alcohol can have on the brain, depending on factors such as the amount of alcohol consumed and even the genetic makeup of the person drinking the alcohol. You may be asking yourself – “How does genetics have anything to do with how alcohol affects the brain?”

In order to understand how alcohol affects the brain, it helps to know some basics about genetics and the chemicals in your brain called  neurotransmitters. Each one of us is born with a predetermined amount of each type of neurotransmitter, neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, GABA, and so forth. Some of us are born with a deficit in these neurotransmitters. It just so happens that alcohol can momentarily undue that deficit – making people feel great or for some, just making them feel normal.

Maybe now you’re beginning to see why alcohol is more addictive for some individuals as oppose to others. You can find more information about alcohol and the brain the effects of alcohol on the brain in Dr. Von Stieff’s new book Brain in Balance: Understanding the Genetics and Neurochemistry behind Addiction and Sobriety. To learn more about genetics’ role in addiction, alcoholism and other forms of substance abuse, you can watch part of  his lecture entitled: “Genetics and the Inheritance of Chemical Dependency“.