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How Do Alcoholics Respond to Conflicting Brain Effects of Drinking?

Posted on August 22, 2014 in alcohol and drug addiction

How Do Alcoholics Respond to Conflicting Brain Effects of Drinking?

Alcohol consumption triggers both pleasurable brain effects (in the form of euphoria) and unpleasant brain effects (in the form of a negative reaction to other symptoms of intoxication). Any person who develops the symptoms of alcohol abuse and/or alcoholism must somehow withstand the unpleasant effects of drinking while attempting to access the pleasurable effects. In a study published in August 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a team of South Korean researchers used real-time brain scans to determine how people affected by alcoholism deal with the conflicting incentives to continue and discontinue drinking.

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