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Alcohol is known across society to cause “disinhibition,” in which a person’s feelings and thoughts are no longer under the same amount of restraint as they used to be. The cortex, which is considered the “responsible” or “thoughtful” part of the brain, shows less activity when inebriated. More specifically, the frontal cortex, which is responsible for executive function or decision-making, is suppressed under the consumption of alcohol. If you’ve ever wondered why alcohol use seemingly causes reckless decision-making, it’s because the frontal cortex is compromised after alcohol consumption.

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Typically, physicians and clinicians point to the mesolimbic dopamine system as the area that makes somebody highly chemically addicted to a substance. Why do some people get addicted to certain drugs, while other people who have used the drug before do not?

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Despite the recent legalization in California of cannabis, it is vitally important that we still recognize it as a psychoactive substance that has potentially harmful health and psychological effects. Multiple studies have shown that cannabis if smoked too early and/or too frequently, can contribute to memory problems in life. On top of that, some studies also show that cannabis might be linked to schizophrenia. Those studies claim that for those who may be more prone to developing schizophrenia, such as those who have a genetic history of the mental disorder or have extreme traumatic and extenuating external circumstances, cannabis may contribute to the onset of schizophrenia.

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Alcohol is a psychoactive substance that alters the mind and body. Read More:

Though some people argue that alcohol is not a true “drug”, due to its legal status, alcohol is certainly a psychoactive substance that alters the functioning of the mind and body. In large doses, alcohol has long-term harmful and toxic effects. The…
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Binge drinking is characterized by consumption of a large amount of alcoholic beverages in a short period of time. According to National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, one episode of binge drinking is defined as five drinks for males, and four…
What is binge drinking?
What is binge drinking?
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Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and the impact on our moods have only recently become an issue that many of us are aware of. As the sunshine-filled hours grow shorter and the evening hours longer and cooler, many of us feel a profound change in our moods and overall mental well-being.

Spring brings with it the promise of a fresh start and an opportunity to clean out the cobwebs that may have accumulated over the winter. San Pedro and Torrance Psychiatrist John Tsuang, MD of South Bay connect Outpatient Treatment Center in San Pedro, CA will help guide you to a fresh start.

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12-step support group for individuals who are seeking support with mental health and substance abuse concerns.

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Alcohol can help temporarily decrease anxious and depressed feelings. However, the problem with alcohol is that those peaceful feelings tend to fade and anxiety or depression actually worsens over time. Each person’s reaction to alcohol is different. For some, it may only take a few hours for their mood to plummet while others may notice an increase in irritability, depressive symptoms, and anxiety that develops over the course of weeks or months.

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South Bay connect Treatment Center is pleased to announce our new transportation option for our patients. We recognize that the loss of a driver’s license and/or driving at night may be a barrier to outpatient treatment. Patients may opt to receive this transportation assistance which will be coordinated by South Bay connect Treatment Center.

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With the recent holidays and stress of the season, some might drink alcohol as a way of relieving the stress. This is just one of the many reasons that alcohol consumption increases during the holiday season and it is important for people to understand why. It is only through understanding these reasons that people can limit their alcohol consumption and for some they should consider abstinence and recovery as their best option.

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