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Alcoholic beverages are widely consumed across the globe in a multitude of settings. Many people enjoy and promote alcohol use, while many others point out its potential negative impacts. Is alcohol consumption healthy?

No, drinking alcohol is unhealthy. Show more Show less

Alcohol can have negative health impacts and lead to alcoholism and rash decisions.
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Alcohol is unhealthy because it leads to bad decisions

Alcohol impedes the brain's decision-making process; it decreases activity in the prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain responsible for rational thinking and decision-making skills.
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The Argument

Drinking alcohol affects your brain chemistry by altering the levels of multiple different neurotransmitters, including dopamine, GABA, and norepinephrine. Alcohol also decreases activity in the prefrontal cortex, which is the rational decision making area of your brain. These brain alterations lead to the pleasurable and “drunk” feeling alcohol brings, but they also increase impulsiveness and decrease the brain’s ability to make smart decisions. This leads to higher risk for accidents and injury, criminal acts, violence, and unsafe decisions.

Counter arguments

-Not everyone makes bad decisions when drunk. -Alcohol can be consumed in an environment where bad decisions are controlled.

Premises

P[1] Alcohol lowers decision-making abilities. P[2] Lowered decision making abilities lead to unhealthy consequences.

Rejecting the premises

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