Remember Beyonce's song, "Drunk In Love"?
She might have been right all along.
When you're snuggling up next to your partner, rocking your newborn baby to sleep, or hugging one of your best friends, your brain releases a feel good chemical called oxytocin.
Doctors call this hormone the love hormone, since it plays a major role in your emotions.
However, a recent study conducted by University of Birmingham researchers compared how the effects of both oxytocin and alcohol impact your brain.
Turns out, oxytocin and alcohol have similar effects on your brain. Both can increase feelings of envy, favoritism, and aggression... quite the opposite of love and affection.
Paul Zak, PhD, discusses oxytocin and how the love hormone could have a dark side.