Mind Games: The Altering Effects of Alcohol on the Brain

http://bit.ly/1Pezoph The next time you say, “One more drink won’t hurt”, think again! Researchers have now found the possible mechanism behind alcoholism and it might very well lie in that “one more” possibly harmless drink that you have. Dr. Wang Jun and his team in the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics at the Texas A&M College of Medicine have now come up with the possible cause of alcoholism. In the study that was done using an animal model, it was found that alcohol consumption alters the structure and function of neurons in the dorsomedial striatum, a part of the brain known to be important in goal-driven behaviours. Consumption of alcohol triggers the production neurotransmitter dopamine, suitably dubbed as the “happy hormone”. The dopamine in turn acts on either of…

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