From the January 2014 magazine.

January 2014: Alcoholism At Large

It's harder to interpret faces when we're drunk.

Alcohol hampers ability to read, react to facial expressions
Alcohol intoxication reduces communication between two areas of the brain that work together to properly interpret and respond to social signals, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.

“This research gives us a much better idea of what is going on in the brain that leads to some of the maladaptive behaviors we see in alcohol intoxication, including social disinhibition, aggression and social withdrawal,” said K. Luan Phan, UIC professor of psychiatry.

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