After a long day, sometimes all you want is a drink. But what does this social lubricant really do for you? Alcohol is a depressant. Alcohol blocks important neurotransmissions in your brain. That's why when you're drunk, your anxiety might not get triggered; the alcohol is intercepting messages in your brain. Although this seems like a quick fix, understand that alcohol prevents you from thinking rationally. What may seem like liquid courage against your biggest anxieties, is actually the culprit behind your poor judgment. Alcoholic beverages to look out for include:

Cocktails

  • Long Island Iced Tea: 75mL of alcohol

Wine

  • Wine: 18mL of alcohol

Beer

  • Coors Light: 15mL of alcohol

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Updated on: November 22, 2016

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