Is Alcohol Really Addictive?

Endorphins not only help with feeling decreased feelings of pain, but their secretion also leads to feelings of euphoria, modulation of appetite, release of sex hormones, and enhancement of the immune response.

(Telehgraph) Alcohol releases addictive endorphins, study shows

By Nick Collins, Science Correspondent 7:00PM GMT 11 Jan 2012 8 Comments

Drinking alcohol makes people feel better as it produces the same chemicals in the brain as exercising and laughing.

It is addictive because it releases endorphins which are the body’s way of making us feel pleasure and reward, a study has proved for the first time.

The stress and pain-relieving proteins are naturally released in the brain and other tissues, producing similar effects to opiates like morphine.

Brain scans conducted to show the immediate effects of alcohol on the brain provided the first direct evidence to support scientists’ belief that it triggers the release of endorphins.

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