So ... you "woke up in the kitchen saying 'How the hell did this sh*t happen?'"
You’re either drunk or in love — or maybe both. New research conducted by scientists at the University of Birmingham says that oxytocin (or the "love hormone") has the same effects on the brain as alcohol.
In a press release, co-author Dr. Ian Mitchell said, "We pooled existing research into the effects of both oxytocin and alcohol and were struck by the incredible similarities between the two compounds.
"They appear to target different receptors within the brain, but cause common actions."
The hormone, which was applied as a spray, seemed to make stressful situations easier to handle, by reducing fear and anxiety — much like liquid courage.
But, as is the case with booze, there's a "dark side" to overdosing on oxytocin. Both can make you trust others too easily and take risks you wouldn't otherwise take.
In other words, gazing into the eyes of your boo or staring down your third margarita can make you feel invincible. While it may feel great in the moment, you can’t let it cloud your judgment. But hey, at least with love, there’s no hangover.
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