How many drinks is too many? New study shows even low doses of alcohol prime brain for addiction — ScienceDaily

A new rodent study shows that even small quantities of alcohol can trigger epigenomic and transciptomic changes in brain circuitry in an area that is crucial in the development of addiction. What’s more, the University of Illinois Chicago researchers who conducted the study say that the pathways involved in priming the brain for addiction are … Read more

Targeting dysregulated kappa-opioid receptors reduces working memory deficits in alcohol use disorder — ScienceDaily

As heavy or frequent alcohol use escalates, some people continue to drink despite negative consequences such as poor job or school performance, unraveling family or personal relationships and declining physical health. Impaired working memory, a common problem for those with alcohol use disorder (AUD), can interfere with recovery and disease management, and contribute to the … Read more

Neural roots/origins of alcoholism identified — ScienceDaily

The physical origin of alcohol addiction has been located in a network of the human brain that regulates our response to danger, according to a team of British and Chinese researchers, co-led by the University of Warwick, the University of Cambridge, and Fudan University in Shanghai. The medial orbitofrontal cortex (mOFC) at the front of … Read more