OK guys. I got one for ya. A friend of mine and I had a spirited difference of opinion on whether alcohol is a stimulant or a depressant. I of course took the side of depressant because that what it IS! Well he was sure set in stone it was considered a stimulant. We asked everyone with half a brain in the bar, including the bartenders, and everyone was in unamimous agreement that it is a depressant. Well guess what, in the Webster's dictionary under "stimulant", it specifically cites alcohol as a stimulant - An agent that produces a temporary increase in functional activity. After it cites alcohol, it states - not used technically (whatever that means). Under "depressant", it states the exact opposite - an agent that DECREASES functional activity. Alcohol sure does decrease functional activity after a bunch! I guess it increases activity at first too! It would seem to fit BOTH definitions. But he is claiming victory in the argument because it specifically cited alcohol under stimulant. I think there is more to this than just dictionary definitions. I think alcohol is MEDICALLY CLASSIFIED as a depressant. I think there is a difference between definitions and classifications. Cocaine, caffeine, speed, methamphetimines etc, are stimulants in my book. Sleeping pills, pain killers, alcohol, qualudes etc, are depressants in my book too. I just don't see how you can CLASSIFY alcohol as a stimulant!!! Does anyone have any info on medical classifications of drugs? Maybe something I can print off a website?? What are everyone else's thoughts?