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NIH Study Finds Chronic Alcohol Use Shifts Brain’s Control of Behavior

(8/22/2013)

NIH Study Finds Chronic Alcohol Use Shifts Brain’s Control of Behavior
NIH News
August 22, 2013

Chronic alcohol exposure leads to brain adaptations that shift behavior control away from an area of the brain involved in complex decision-making and toward a region associated with habit formation, according to a new study conducted in mice by scientists at the National Institutes of Health. The finding provides a biological mechanism that helps to explain compulsive alcohol use and the progression to alcohol dependence.


Keywords: NIH, study, brain, chronic, alcohol, control, behavior



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