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Unmasking Alcohol’s Impact on Brain Glucose and Mental Health

DISCLAIMER: I am a scholar of the Medical Medium information. I am not a doctor. The information in this post has been extremely helpful to me in my healing journey, but it should not be misconstrued as medical advice or used as a replacement for medical care.

Alcohol affects our brains in ways we might not fully understand, but one thing is clear: it’s not just the alcohol itself that causes problems. It’s the way alcohol starves our brains of glucose.

The Deceptive Nature of Alcohol

Alcohol tricks our brains into thinking it’s sugar. 

Your brain relies on glucose to function. Without it, your brain can’t survive. 

When alcohol enters your bloodstream, your brain mistakes it for glucose. But alcohol is not usable glucose — it’s a ghost of sugar, and this deception causes significant harm.

My Journey with Alcohol

I never really liked alcohol until I was in Germany, studying abroad. I had my first drink at 17 — legal age in Germany is 16 — and it was a Bacardi Breezer. I got pretty wasted that night. Later, as a college student, I drank Long Island Iced Teas and, eventually, beer and wine when I got married. My ex-husband’s family were frequent drinkers, and I fell into the habit.

In 2018, before my divorce, I realized I didn’t want to keep drinking. It had become a crutch. I didn’t love that the mere thought of not drinking for two weeks seemed so difficult, and I knew I needed to make a change… so I started something I called the “No-Booze Experiment” for 30 days. I broadcasted my updates on Facebook Live, and it helped me stay accountable. 

The Consequences of Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol consumption paralyzes your liver, stopping it from releasing glucose. When you feel tipsy, your liver is already saturated with alcohol, unable to release the glucose your brain needs. This glucose deprivation causes symptoms we associate with drunkenness: slurred speech, inability to walk straight, and incoherence.

As the brain starves of glucose, it releases adrenaline to keep functioning. This adrenaline surge can make people react differently: some get angry, others cry, and some feel unusually happy or courageous. 


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The Dangerous Cycle of Hangovers

A hangover is your brain begging for glucose. The day after drinking, your brain sends signals that it needs large amounts of glucose immediately. This is why people gorge on food after drinking. However, the combination of carbohydrates and fats we typically consume (like pizza or greasy breakfast foods) inhibits glucose absorption, perpetuating the cycle.

The Illusion of Moderation

Moderation is a trap. Even small, consistent amounts of alcohol disrupt your body’s systems. The cumulative effect of alcohol can lead to long-term mental and physical health issues, often not traceable back to alcohol consumption in earlier years. 

Awareness and Healing

Understanding the true impact of alcohol on our brains is crucial. By becoming aware, we can make better decisions for our health. If this resonates with you, consider tuning into Self Transformation Radio, where we dive deeper into these topics.

Remember, true healing comes from understanding and addressing the root causes of our health issues. 
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