Alcohol : good for some things, not so good for others. Flooding the system with too much alcohol “cleans” too much.

From a physical POV, alcohol is useful for removing sticky residue. It can take pine tar off of windows and other gummy residues.

The backs of stickers are composed of similar / same substances as pine tar or other tree gums.

The brain is full of squirting chemicals, including some sticky stuff.

Every 1/2 a second, water sloshes back and forth like clockwork, washing the chemicals left and right and right and left, like an engine parts cleaner.

Here’s the process in the body:

http://hams.cc/metabolism/

Now, there’s sticky residue throughout your body in small amounts. Thin alcohols like mineral spirits or whiskey or whatever’s in a few beers or wines besides the water and flavors, in small amounts, is enough to clean some of that sticky residue off of the places it may be found, such on blood stream walls, in the liver, inside of the brain itself.

But flooding the system with too much alcohol “cleans” too much.

So, too much is bad.

That’s my take on alcohol.

[I’d get drunk with friends. Didn’t like the after effects. Then I’d sneak in water while I drank. After a while, I picked new friends]

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Oh on the contrary. It only takes a tiny bit of alcohol to do any good. Anything beyond that is too much. Hence: “a beer or two / glass of wine / shot of hard liquor ” is good for you but three+ isn’t.

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My POV comes from my perspective of the body-as-a-physical-system.

I haven’t read it anywhere, so you can ignore the stuff about alcohol-as-cleanser. That’s just how I see things working.

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There’s a lot of “ooh, it’s a mystery!” stuff out here that makes logical sense when you change your perspective.

But my high school chemistry nailed me on this one. Sometimes I cling to an analogy once it becomes inappropriate. I still do that.

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Exactly. Short term memory loss is a problem with alcohol, but situational memory is enhanced greatly. [you remember your drunk memories when you’re drunk is how I think of it :

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eah I like how that sounds. State induced memory, sort of like remembering what your kitchen looked like when you were 4 yrs old when you smell an old recipe cooking.

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Oh it sounded accurate the moment you said it. The terminology doesn’t matter to me – Someoe can call it “the anti-doorway effect” and I’d be fine with it, so long as it makes sense to me :)

But yeah, I don’t know what terms are used. I think of it as situational – where you *and* the space you’re in form an environment for your memory that allows memories from similar times to emerge.

Or it could be one of them. Like a particular mood triggers certain memories to surface. [or rather, I dont’ think of it as triggering but rather, “affording” – the space is left open, the locks undone, and old memories come back]

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I think of the memory as a “state machine” and when rows of switches are up and down and sideways in just the right ways, certain programs are now available to be run. [habits]

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I like the concept of “embodied cognition” as it incorporates mind, body and environment together.

I was glad when I read about the “doorway effect” a few years ago. It was one of those “duh of course!” studies but at least I had something to point people to when they would say, “ugh, must be getting senile” and I could say, “Nope,, doorway effect”.

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I’d get a belly ache on opiates and pot never did much for me. Alcohol never had a thrill or me either.

But the speedier drugs do. Acid, crack, cocaine, amphetamines, pseudo-ephedrine, that type of stuff gave positive reactions from me. So does coffee and nicotine. So I guess I’m ‘prone’ to that family of speedy things rather than the opiate-ish type things.

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I always hated it when ppl would complain about their memory when it was clearly perfectly fine. So this has become my ‘ready weapon’ of nerdiness to throw at them.

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