Why Does Getting Drunk Make You Dizzy?

From Gizmodo - December 31, 2017

When the year ends, many of us take the time to reflect by getting utterly obliterated. But whats actually going in your body and brain after two or three or five drinks?

Alcohol, technically ethanol, is a simple chemical with powerful neurological effects. Theres still some disagreement as to how exactly alcohol makes you feel the way it does. Scientists do know that it interferes with parts of the nervous systems cells in a few different centers in your brain.But why do you lose your sense of balance?

Balance is controlled by a surprisingly complex system. Inside each of your inner ears, three hair-lined tubes form a sort of three-dimensional matrix. Fluid fills the tubes, and the movement of the fluid on the hairs sends signals to your brain to tell you how youre oriented in space.


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