Drugs: Types & Effects

Class Typical Effects Overdose Effects Depressants Alcohol Increases the activity of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) By increasing an inhibitory neurotransmitter, alcohol dampens down neural firing Also decreases the activity of glutamate, a major excitatory neurotransmitter Person literally becomes less inhibited and feels euphoric An initial upper phase from the release of inhibitions, followed by a downer…