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Jan. 6, 2020 – My brain, it turns out. And if you’re a regular drinker struggling to skip the spirits, you might need to give yours some time to adjust. That’s because alcohol can cause long-term changes in the nervous system. They can go away, but it happens slowly.

“It’s not minutes. They take months or years,” said Richard Miller, a professor of pharmacology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

That may sound dramatic, but the brain is constantly in flux. It’s how you adapt and learn. The physical basis for how we remember things, including behaviors like drinking, is through electrical exchange — one nerve cell spits out a neurotransmitter, another feels the effects, Miller said.



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