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Is drinking alcohol healthy?
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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.

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


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

Rejecting the premises


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