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Alcohol can be mentally addictive due to its ability to produce pleasurable and relaxing effects in the brain. Alcohol stimulates the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward, and can create a sense of euphoria or happiness. Over time, the brain can become dependent on the increased levels of dopamine produced by alcohol, leading to cravings for alcohol to maintain those pleasurable effects. Additionally, alcohol can be used as a coping mechanism for stress or other negative emotions, leading to habitual use as a way to deal with difficult feelings. The combination of physical and mental addiction can make it challenging for individuals to quit drinking, even when they are aware of the negative consequences.