Beer Info FAQ

Is alcohol an antagonist?

Is alcohol an antagonist?

Ethanol is an antagonist of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) glutamate receptor.

Why is alcohol an antagonist drug?

Dopamine receptor antagonists: Ethanol causes the release of dopamine in the nucleus accumbens. Remember that dopamine in this location is absolutely critical to the wanting pathway, which leads to addiction.