"The most important thing to know about alcohol is that it is an anesthetic, not a stimulant. This does not mean that when you take a drink you begin to put yourself to sleep - everyone knows that is not so. The first drink may have no effect that you or anyone else can observe. But as alcohol does begin to affect you, and as you laugh and talk more easily, and feel better, and stop being concerned about things that are ordinarily a worry, what has hapened is that the higher control centers of your brain have been somewhat relieved of their authority. Nothing has been added - except for the intake of alcohol - but something has been taken away."
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