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How does alcohol make you drunk? - Judy Grisel

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Ethanol: this molecule, made of little more than a few carbon atoms, is responsible for drunkenness. Often simply referred to as alcohol, ethanol is the active ingredient in alcoholic beverages. So how exactly does it cause drunkenness, and why does it have dramatically different effects on different people? Judy Grisel explores alcohol's journey through the body.

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  • Educator Judy Grisel
  • Director Anton Bogaty
  • Narrator Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Storyboard Artist Anton Bogaty
  • Animator Anton Bogaty
  • Sound Designer Cem Misirlioglu
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Elizabeth Cox
  • Fact-checker Eden Girma
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Interested in learning more about the potential long term effects of alcohol on our brains? Check out this video to learn about How Bad Is Heavy Drinking on the Brain?

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Judy Grisel
  • Director Anton Bogaty
  • Narrator Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Storyboard Artist Anton Bogaty
  • Animator Anton Bogaty
  • Sound Designer Cem Misirlioglu
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Elizabeth Cox
  • Fact-checker Eden Girma
  • See more