Booze clues

2019-03-07 03:15:20

By Nell Boyce ALCOHOL’S legendary sedative effects may be caused by a brain steroid derived from progesterone that damps down anxiety. This could help explain why alcohol makes people feel so relaxed, and why men and women react to alcohol differently. It only takes a few drinking sessions for revellers to get acquainted with alcohol’s effects. Scientists, though, have had a harder time figuring out exactly how the drug works on the brain. Alcohol appears to interact with two brain receptors, one of which, the GABA receptor,