Eli5: Why is that when you drink too much you get the “spins” when you lay down/go to bed?

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Eli5: Why is that when you drink too much you get the “spins” when you lay down/go to bed?

In: Biology
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Your body’s sense of balance is messed and can’t figure out which way is up.

Put one foot on the floor and it goes away 🙂

Alcohol seeps into your ear where fluid-filled canals give you a sense of balance. Since alcohol is less dense than water, it sets up movements in the fluid as it tries to rise to the top. Naturally, your brain interprets movement of the fluid as meaning your head must be rotating.

So, surprisingly, this a problem of getting drunk that doesn’t involve the nervous system; the chemical is directly messing with one of your sensory organs.