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August 23, 2011

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Scientists at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) led by CAPT Joseph R. Hibbeln, M.D., teamed with researchers at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in...

News Release
July 11, 2011

Researchers have long known that dopamine, a brain chemical that plays important roles in the control of normal movement, and in pleasure, reward and motivation, also plays a central role in substance abuse and addiction. In a new study conducted...

Research News
July 04, 2011

Underage alcohol use is a pervasive and persistent problem in the United States and many other countries, with serious health and safety consequences, often resulting from binge drinking. Given the significant amount of alcohol advertising to...

Research News
June 07, 2011

Alcohol consumption and its harms are common among young people, including those who are below the legal drinking age of 21.  Some people argue that the current age-21 drinking limit in the United States is “not working,” and propose that the...

Research News
May 27, 2011

Recent research suggests that receptors for the neurotransmitter GABA(A) that lie outside of the synapse and which contain a molecular fragment known as a delta-subunit are sensitive to alcohol, raising the possibility that these receptors might...

Research News
May 02, 2011

Some people experience the initial effects of alcohol as stimulating and euphoric, while others experience mostly unpleasant sedative effects.  How individuals’ immediate responses to alcohol influence their future drinking behavior has been an...

Research News
March 31, 2011

Alcohol use during pregnancy contributes to many problems in exposed children. Heavy prenatal alcohol exposure leads to fetal alcohol syndrome, a devastating birth defect characterized by craniofacial malformations, neurological and motor...

Research News
March 29, 2011

Episodes of heavy alcohol consumption leading to intoxication are associated with many health and safety problems, including unintentional injuries, sexual assault, domestic violence and alcohol poisoning. Previous studies have shown that brain...

Research News
January 31, 2011

Brain circuits that connect the frontal lobes with the cerebellum are damaged in chronic alcoholics and may contribute to cognitive deficits in these individuals.  But whether these “frontocerebellar” abnormalities are present in individuals at...

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January 19, 2011

The effectiveness of an experimental treatment for alcoholism depends on the genetic makeup of individuals who receive it, according to a new study supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National...

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