The latest article from Alcohol Research Current Reviews explores interactions between stress and alcohol. Some people drink alcohol for stress relief, but alcohol can actually activate stress systems in the brain, acting as a stressor itself. This review article describes 1) the effects of stress on alcohol drinking and 2) how alcohol interacts with biological stress systems. Findings from animal models suggest that brain stress systems may be useful targets for medications development for alcohol use disorder and co-occurring stress-related disorders in humans.
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