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Reduced Brain Size May Affect Alcohol Consumption

Reduced brain size may suggest a genetic predisposition towards higher alcohol consumption, according to new research. “Our results suggest that associations between alcohol consumption and reduced brain volume are attributable to shared genetic factors. Lower brain volume in specific regions may predispose a person to greater alcohol consumption. The study is impressive because it uses […]

MDMA, Brazil, Omega-3

MDMA treatment for alcoholism could reduce relapse, a story in the Guardian is reporting.  While it is encouraging to see major media coverage for psychedelics research, the title is a bit misleading. That is because it implies that using MDMA, also known as ecstasy, can treat alcoholism, whereas it is actually MDMA-assisted psychotherapy that is […]

Romantic Relationships Ease Influence Of Genetic Alcohol Consumption Risk

People with a genetic predisposition to risky alcohol behavior are less likely to drink frequently, become intoxicated often, or suffer from alcohol dependence symptoms if they are in a romantic relationship, according to a new study led by a Virginia Commonwealth University researcher. “We found that the effect of genetic risk for alcohol use was […]

Alcohol Induced Brain Damage Continues During Early Abstinence

Six weeks after drinking cessation, there are still changes in the white matter of the brain, a neuroimaging study has found. Although the harmful effects of alcohol on the brain are widely known, the structural changes observed are very heterogeneous. In addition, diagnostic markers are lacking to characterize brain damage induced by alcohol, especially at […]