Effects of Drugs and Alcohol on the Brain Analytical Essay by Nicky

An in-depth examination of the impact of alcohol and drugs on the brain and its various neurological functions.
# 150860 | 5,222 words | 33 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Apr 29, 2012 in Psychology (Alcohol and Drugs) , Medical and Health (General)

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The paper provides a review of the research on the impact of alcohol and drugs on the brain and its various neurological functions and on the intersection between the biological and psychological areas of concern. The paper presents the thesis that the long term use of drugs and alcohol can radically alter personality and psyche and affect changes in the structure of the brain. The paper then supports this thesis with the findings that both drugs and alcohol generally have a negative and deleterious impact on personality and cognition and result in relatively permanent psychological and physical changes. The paper includes a detailed outline.

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From the Paper:

"The literature on the subject provides a number of findings about the effects on the brain of alcohol and drugs. Some of the most significant of these are discussed in the review below. In general drugs are known to have an effect on various areas of the brain and to affect brain activity to different degrees; for example, the effect of alcohol on the hypothalamus. The Hypothalamus regulates the system of balance in the body. This balance refers to homeostasis as well as to hormonal changes and emotional fluctuations.
"Drugs and alcohol also impact the functioning and structure of cerebral cortex and the nervous system. These are linked to important functional and psychological components of human behavior such as language, abstract thinking, personality and sense perception, as well as reason and judgment. The following sections will provide examples of the way that these important components of the brain are affected by various substances and drugs which, when taken in excess over a long period of time, can result in changes in personality and psychological structuration and functionality in the individual."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alcohol, the Brain and Behavior. (2000). Alcohol Research & Health, 24(1).
  • Alessi, H., Ballard, M., Kirk, A., & Montalbano, N. (2006). Cognitive Impairment and Substance Abuse: Implications for Treatment Planning. Journal of Alcohol & Drug Education, 50(4), 55+.
  • Arnold, M. B. (1984). Memory and the Brain. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Atkinson, R. M. (2000). Substance Abuse. In C. E. Coffee and J. L. Cummings (Editors). Textbook of Geriatric Neuropsychiatry, (2nd ed.), pp. 367-400. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press.
  • Baddeley, A. D., Kopelman, M. D., & Wilson, B. A. (Eds.). (2002). The Handbook of Memory Disorders. New York: Wiley.

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APA Format

Effects of Drugs and Alcohol on the Brain (2012, April 29) Retrieved October 05, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/effects-of-drugs-and-alcohol-on-the-brain-150860/

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"Effects of Drugs and Alcohol on the Brain" 29 April 2012. Web. 05 October. 2022. <https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/effects-of-drugs-and-alcohol-on-the-brain-150860/>