Wine is so bad, why do so many people like it?

Many people have experienced the experience of being tricked into drinking by adults when they were young:

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At that time, I really felt that wine was spicy and punchy, why do adults like it so much?

After I grew up, I tasted the first sip of beer, the first sip of liquor, and the first sip of whiskey. After a sip, I couldn’t slow down for a long time.

Why do so many people like such unpleasant wine, and even want to drink a glass every day?

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In fact, it doesn’t matter if it tastes good or not

Wine, depending on the raw materials and brewing process, can be very There are many types of subdivisions and different flavor substances, that is, the so-called aroma.

But no matter which one it is, we have to admit: wine is indeed “not good” to drink.

The main chemical in wine, ethanol (alcohol), itself has a “bitter” flavor, and high levels of alcohol can also cause burning. Burning feeling. Out of the instinct to protect the body, people naturally don’t think this is something “delicious”.

Then why would someone fall in love with this “unpleasant” thing, and even couldn’t help but have a few more glasses?

In order to answer the secret of drinking, scientists recruited a group of mice to do experiments and recorded that they never drank, and even received electric shocks. the whole process of drinking.

Naturally, getting mice to fall in love with drinking is not easy.

In order to make the mice drink, the scientists first added sweet honey to the wine (combined with 15% ethanol), and a magical thing happened, the mice Started to drink actively.

Do you think this is like a lot of people who think rice wine and sweet wine are pretty good.

But it’s not clear whether the mice drink it so much. Sugar is still because I like the wine itself.

As the mice drank more alcohol, scientists began to gradually reduce the concentration of sugar in the wine until they were completely free of sugar.

The mice changed their initial attitude of “killing and not drinking”, and began to gradually accept alcohol, and they would actively seek out alcohol to drink.

The mice at this time can even endure torture in order to drink a sip of wine:

  • When quinine (a very bitter substance) is added to the wine, the mice will still drink it; Rat, want to drink without hesitation.

Image source: Literature: Literature This behavior of drinking alcohol rather than suffering is called compulsive drinking and is seen in many people who drink heavily.

Besides this, there are lots of experiments It shows an important thing: wine, whether you like it or not, has nothing to do with whether it is good or not!

If you have the opportunity to interview friends who love to drink and let them recall the scene where they started drinking, many people will find out:


Most of them didn’t like to drink at first, and also found it unpleasant to drink. But slowly from one cup to two cups, and then to one bottle, many bottles, and even not drinking it is uncomfortable.

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It’s an illusion that alcohol controls the brain

Many people drink alcohol, not because they like the taste of wine, but because of the “drunk” pleasure that comes with it.

This is actually alcohol manipulating the brain, making you feel “delicious & like”.

After taking a sip of wine, the alcohol does not need to be digested at all, it will be quickly absorbed into the brain by the blood, and the brain will be controlled quickly, accurately and ruthlessly – making the brain excited quickly .

Happiness is the common expectation of all living things Two substances are related to it: one is dopamine, which is the substance that makes people “happy” in daily life, and the other is “GABA nerve”, which controls dopamine and allows dopamine to be released in a controlled manner.

After millions of years of evolution, the human brain is usually more restrained and will not be too easily confused or out of control.

But alcohol, a once-in-a-lifetime substance, is a central depressant that confuses the GABA nerve and causes the brain to release more dopamine.

And very little alcohol can significantly increase dopamine levels in the brain’s reward core region, the nucleus accumbens (NAc).

Human brain imaging study found that intravenous injection of alcohol and alcohol consumption also significantly increased dopamine response Strong people like to drink more. It has been verified in the human body that the love of drinking has nothing to do with the taste of alcohol.

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What does more dopamine mean? Feel euphoric, indulgent, relaxed.

The simplicity of being happy makes one let down the guard and raise the glass again and again:

< p>When you’re happy, drink to celebrate;

When you’re sad, drink to relieve yourself;

When you’re anxious, drink to relax;

When you’re okay , drink happily…

Unconsciously, I drink more and more and become more and more dependent on alcohol. More and more able to tolerate the taste of alcohol, more and more like to drink.

Until the end, the brain is immersed in the false pleasures of alcohol—addiction.

What people pursue at this time is not good drink or happiness, but alcohol itself. Just like those mice who were shocked and succumbed to drinking, their brains had been kidnapped by alcohol.

Of course, in clinical medicine there is a clear definition of addiction. The definition of alcohol is not simply that drinking it every day is a manifestation of addiction, but indeed we will find that alcohol is different when you drink it.

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It’s best not to try the first sip

In fact, drinking When we take the first sip of wine, our body issues a warning: spicy mouth, dizziness, palpitation…

Alcohol, as a class I carcinogen, has clear toxicity. Discomfort is actually the body’s early warning of the invasion of harmful substances.

But many people ignore these discomforts, and instead are confused by the false pleasures brought by alcohol, and even persuade themselves and others that wine is good to drink .

As long as you take the first sip, even if it’s just a cup of sweet rice wine and fruit wine, that’s alcohol intake, and it will attack The brain, and then slowly make people able to drink a few drinks, or even completely fall in love with drinking, can not do without wine, and finally even become dependent.

They tell you it’s good to drink, but they tell you it’s just sweet water, it’s not harmful ⚠️Will we be like the guinea pig at the beginning, being given more alcohol with sugar.

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The human will cannot overcome the nature of the brain, don’t start, Maybe it’s the best option.

However, in life, there are countless opportunities and occasions for people to drink their first sip:

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“The feelings are deep, one sip is boring”

“The amount of alcohol will come out with practice”

“Just one sip will be fine”

” This degree is not high, you can give it a try”


At the wine table, in addition to the false happiness, alcohol is covered with rights and A social coat is linked to character, related to making friends, and equal to courage…

At this time, whether to drink or not to like it or not is already no problem.

If you don’t know how to refuse someone’s invitation to drink, don’t worry, we’re ready for you! Please keep it well!

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