Summer 2009 • Issue 18
In This Issue...
Alcohol Research & Health: Neuroscience: Pathways to Alcohol Dependence Part II—Neuroadaptation, Risk, and Recovery (Volume 31, Number 4, 2008)
This issue of NIAAA’s peer-reviewed journal examines what we know about how alcohol affects the brain and the resulting behavioral and physical changes. Articles cover key intersections of neuroscience and alcohol science, including pathways to dependence; the molecular basis of tolerance; and imaging, animal models, and medications development for alcoholism.
Alcohol Alert #77: Neuroscience: Pathways to Alcohol Dependence
Why do some people become dependent on alcohol? Scientists are addressing the question of alcohol dependence and its effect on thought, mood, and behavior through neuroscience, the study of the brain, where both intoxication and alcohol dependence begin. Through neuroscientific research, scientists are gaining a better understanding of how alcohol changes the brain and how those changes influence certain behaviors.
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