Depressants work to slow your body down and make your body less active. They operate on the body’s Central Nervous System. They can become extremely addictive. All of them decrease awareness in the brain. The symptoms of the drug can include drowsiness, relaxation and sleep. However, these drugs can also make you fall into a coma and even die. There are three main types of depressants.

  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines

All three depressants slow your body down by increasing the activity of a neurotransmitter called GABA. GABA is in charge of carrying messages from one part of your body to another. When your brain realizes signals are being carried out without it, it will reduce its activity.


Yes, this is the same alcohol you can buy at the store. While legal, it still has very dangerous effects that can lead to many of the same dangers of other depressants. In fact, alcohol usually is abused more than most other drugs. The ease of access and the lack of knowledge about how dangerous this drug is are some of the causes of this.

As a depressant, it has many of the same overdose symptoms as other drugs. This is why you vomit, pass out and blackout. It has many of the same withdrawal symptoms too. Alcohol withdrawal without medical attention can lead to seizures and hallucinations.


These are commonly referred to as downers. They were popular in the early 1900s to treat anxiety and sleeping disorders. People became very addicted to them, and they have stopped being used as treatment. These drugs also cause euphoria and relax your body.

Downers are a lot stronger than the other depressants on this list. They can cause addiction quickly, even in the short term.


Today, owners have been largely replaced by Benzos. These are generally viewed as safe but long periods of reliance can also create abuse. Since Benzos are super common, many people find them accessible and easy to get. This has caused a lot of young adult addicts.


Depressants have some of the more fatal depressant symptoms compared to a lot of other drugs. Without depressants, your body pumps a lot of adrenaline in your body to make up for the lack of it. This adrenaline is too much and can cause hallucinations, seizures and even death. It is highly recommended that if you are trying to quit a depressant, you should look for a doctor or some medical staff.