Interaction of Biogenic Amines with Ethanol

  • Alfred A. Smith
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 56)


Ethanol ingestion produces physiological responses which suggest increased sympathetic activity. Heart rate and systolic blood pressure usually rise while sweating and flushing often occur. The euphoria and garrulousness also suggest central sympathetic activation. Experiments in volunteers treated with a depletor of norepinephrine, α- methyltyrosine, and then ethanol, show a lessening of these commonly observed effects of the drug.


Biogenic Amine Respiratory Depression Ethanol Ingestion Chromaffin Granule Aldehyde Reductase 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alfred A. Smith
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  1. 1.Departments of Psychiatry and PharmacologyNew York Medical CollegeUSA

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