Binge and heavy drinking may trigger a long-lasting genetic change, resulting in an even greater craving for alcohol, according to a new study. “We found that people who drink heavily may be changing their DNA in a way that makes them crave alcohol even more. This may help explain why alcoholism is such a powerful… Read more

Changes in the working of the prefrontal cortex of the brain, the part normally involved in tempering a person’s levels of aggression, have been noted by researchers in a new study. The researchers, led by Thomas Denson of the University of New South Wales in Australia, used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans that measure blood… Read more

Low levels of alcohol consumption may reduce inflammation and help the brain clear away toxins, including those associated with Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests. “Prolonged intake of excessive amounts of ethanol is known to have adverse effects on the central nervous system. However, in this study we have shown for the first time that low… Read more

Eye color may be genetically linked to alcoholism, reports a new study by genetic researchers at the University of Vermont. The results suggest hopes of finding the roots of alcoholism, and potentially many other psychiatric illnesses. Study leaders Arvis Sulovari, and Dawei Li, Ph.D., found that mostly European Americans with light-colored eyes, including green, grey… Read more