Brain Anatomy linked to Alcohol issues

Brain region for resisting alcohol’s allure found

Date: April 2, 2014

Source: University of Utah Health Sciences

Abstract…

Inactive area of brain leaves rats vulnerable to alcohol abuse
Inactive area of brain leaves rats vulnerable to alcohol abuse

When a region of the brain called the lateral habenula is chronically inactivated in rats, they repeatedly drink to excess and are less able to learn from the experience, neuroscientists report. The study has implications for understanding behaviors that drive alcohol addiction. “If we can understand the brain circuits that control sensitivity to alcohol’s aversive effects, then we can start to get a handle on who may become a problem drinker,” said the lead researcher.

Full article at ScienceDaily http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140402211942.htm

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