Alcohol's affect on dopamine

12:14 PM, Jun 10, 2013   |    comments
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Just the taste of an alcoholic beverage can trigger the brain's release of dopamine -- a neurotransmitter that's linked to drinking and other drugs of abuse.

brain scans of 49 men revealed increased dopamine activity after several sips of beer ... compared to when they sipped a sports drink.

the effect was even greater among men with a family history of alcoholism.

researchers say this explains why sensory clues like a small taste or smell of alcohol can spark cravings and cause relapses in those with addiction problems.


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