Cheers! Drinking DOES Release the Feel-Good Factor In Our Brains

CHEERS! DRINKING DOES RELEASE THE FEEL GOOD FACTOR (Transcript)

I’m Kevin O’Hara for Alcohol Mastery.

“Cheers! Drinking really does release the feel good factor in our brains.”

Today, I wanted to do something just a little bit different. I read an article the other day in the Daily Mail newspaper and the headline was, “Cheers! Drinking really does release the feel good factor in our brains.”

It just got me thinking. I did a little bit of research on the article, where the research actually from. It’s just really surprising. So I’m gonna carry on walking anyway.

The Newest Scientific Discovery

The first sentence of the article is, “Scientists have discovered why alcohol can make us feel good. For the first time it’s been shown that drinking alcohol releases feel-good chemicals in an area of the human brain often referred to as the ‘pleasure center’.”

Illuminated Endorphins Everywhere

The article goes on to say, “The study from the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at the University of California has used scanning technology to light up the brain of drinkers, releasing endorphins in the process.”

Just thought those words were great – “light up” and “endorphins”. It’s real marketing speak.

I Feel Good

They say, “It provides the first direct evidence of how alcohol makes people feel good.” This sort of ties in to some of the articles I’ve done earlier on in the week nicely.

Drinking Too Much Clues

The research leader, Jennifer Mitchell, or as she’s better known on the Gallo website, a research investigator said, “This indicates that the brains of heavier problem-drinkers are changed in a way that makes them more likely to find alcohol pleasant. And it may be clue – it MAY BE a clue – to how problem-drinking develops in the first place. The greater feeling of reward might cause them to drink too much.”

Brilliant.

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Now this next sentence is in the article. It’s about halfway down so you can read it for yourself. It says, “Before drinking, the volunteers were given injections of radio-actively tagged carfentanil, an opiate-like drug that binds to sites in the brain called opioid receptors, where endorphins also bind.”

Cocktails Make You Happy

So basically they were injected with opiate-like substance before they were injected with alcohol to see if the alcohol would make them happy.

Really? I wonder which one made them happy, the opiate-like substance or the alcohol.

Lets Get Medicated

At the end of the article, another researcher – I think a guy a bit higher up the chain, so to speak – a guy called Howard Field says, ‘If we better understand how endorphins control drinking, we will have a better chance of creating more targeted therapies for substance addiction.’

Basically that means that they’ll have a better opportunity to target medication towards substance addiction. I think we’re better off if they stop making this stuff in the first place. That would stop a lot of substance addiction.

Who’s This Gallo Fella Anyway?

The reason I even looked at this article twice and the reason I’m doing the video is because I started doing a little bit of digging around and I found out that the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at the University of California is FUNDED by E&J Gallo Winery in Modesto, California!

Keep It In The Family

The E&J Gallo Winery is the biggest family on winery in the United States. They not only have their own brand – the E&J Gallo brand – but they also make and market and advertise and advertise 60 other label. They were one of the pioneers in America of wine advertising on TV and they were the first to bring about in a big way brand management and modern merchandise into the wine industry.

Conflicting Interests?

You have to ask yourself if there’s a conflict of interest here. I mean, I don’t have to ask myself and I was a bloody conflict of interest. It’s a bit like the heroin dealer saying, “You know, heroin really does make you happy. It’s only problem heroin users that have got a problem with heroin. Don’t worry because we’re doing lots of research, we’re putting lots of money into it to find a pill that will cure all your problems.”

Alcohol Dealers

Now I’m not one for making big, moral judgments but it seems to me that if you’re a heroin dealer and you were doing business like that, you’d soon be locked up. You could even get the electric chair. But if you’re a wine dealer and you’re doing stuff like that, then they’d give you a board on the nearest state university and research facilities…Hmm.

That’s Life As We Know It…

Anyway, we’re surrounded by that kind of stuff now. The pharmaceutical industry, the same thing they’re funding research all over the place to make sure that we get the right research results.

It’s just life. The best thing is just not to have anything to do with it. When you don’t drink, you don’t have the influence by any of that.

Until next time…

I’m Kevin O’Hara for Alcohol Mastery.

Onwards and upwards!

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Until next time…
Onwards and Upwards!
Kev

Cheers! Drinking DOES Release the Feel-Good Factor In Our Brains

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3 Comments

  • JoDev59

    Reply Reply January 18, 2014

    Hi Kevin, Thanks for the info on the wine company. You are right-its just like what BIG-PHARMA does to make sure that the “sheeple” only hear what they want them to hear. Just like the Tobacco Companies did years ago & still do today.

    I had a fall off the horse after 80 days & regretted it in a major way as I got very emotional one night while speaking to my son on skype. I felt very ashamed the next day so decided to stop again. Now I have started again & on to day 3 non-alcoholic. I find my emotions are more raw when I 1st stop & I can be extra sensitive & a bit more nervous.

    I am trying to keep my mind occupied and it is not easy having a Husband that drinks. I tend to distance myself from sitting with him while he is drinking until I feel that I have enough strength not to be tempted. We went for lunch to a Pub yesterday & I just had lemon squash while he drank 2 beers & 2 wines,I have to avoid even looking at his glass. . I drove home obviously & then he just slept away the afternoon.

    I can see that it just wastes your time & things that could have been done around our home were not done which caused problems the that night for me & next morning being so tired. I have always had real trouble sleeping whenever I am not drinking,but he sleeps like a baby all night because he always drinks & does not suffer from insomnia at all.

    Our young puppy really needed to be washed or “de-flead” again with powder/solution,etc while he was asleep in the afternoon,but then the poor puppy just scratched all night on our bed which then also kept me from falling asleep or woke me up. I end up just watching crime videos on utube on my Tablet until I am so tired,I finally fall asleep. I actually showed him this comment & he humbly said- yes,Its true. So maybe if he sees it from my point of view when he is sober,it may sink in to his thinking & encourage him also to stop eventually. I will let you know if I see any difference in his drinking behavior after showing this to him.

    I find that if I listen to your video 1st thing in the morning it gives me the resolve to keep going & keeps my mind on my goal which is to “not pour the poison down my throat today”. Thank you for your blog & keep up the good work. regards Joey:)

  • Nck

    Reply Reply January 26, 2014

    Hi Kevin,
    I have looked at the videos on your website and have found them to be very good. What I like especially is how similar our drinking
    habits are/were as well as the reasons that drove us to quit. Like you, I have decided to quit after the New Year holiday, only one year later.
    I have a question that has yet to be addressed on your website. Remember when we first began drinking and we would lie in bed after
    a session and the bed would be spinning. In addition there would be a loud ringing/buzzing in our heads. Maybe that’s where the term
    being “buzzed” comes from. Anyway, for the past several years the buzzing doesn’t go away after I sober up. As a matter of fact it
    becoms more noticeable when sober. I have quit in the past but no longer than for a couple of month. Have you or anyone you know
    experienced this and will it pass over time. Maybe it’s just age related tinnitus, I am 53.

    • Kevin O'Hara

      Reply Reply January 28, 2014

      Hey Nick, thanks for the comment. I’ve not experienced that at all. I’m not sure if anyone else can weigh in here if they have any experiences…?
      Kev

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