Can alcohol affect mood?

Andrew Huberman AI:

Absolutely, alcohol can significantly affect mood. When we ingest alcohol, it's converted into acetaldehyde, which acts as a toxin at the synapses, the connections between neurons. This disrupts mood circuitries in the brain that employ the neuromodulator serotonin, which is involved in feelings of well-being and self-image. Initially, this disruption makes these circuits hyperactive, which is why people often feel good and become more talkative after a few sips of alcohol. However, as more alcohol is consumed or as the effects wear off, serotonin levels and the activity of these circuits start to drop, leading to a less positive mood. This is why people often feel the need to have another drink to restore that feeling of well-being.