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Taste of Alcohol Triggers Urge to Drink More

Scientists have found a genetic basis for developing an addiction to alcohol, which is related to an increase in dopamine levels in the brain. Recent research suggests that even a small taste or smell of beer can flood the brain with the neurotransmitter dopamine, which motivates one to seek more alcohol. Researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine found that having close relatives who are addicted to alcohol increases one’s likelihood of experiencing a greater surge of dopamine when they taste beer. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays many roles in the brain, but is most often linked with […]

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A Problem with Hidden Alcohol Abuse

A study among British people has uncovered a growing alcohol problem among older people and researchers are urging the UK Government to review its health strategy to help the society’s hidden addicts. Researchers from the University of Sunderland and Newcastle University have been assessing the extent of alcohol abuse among older people aged 51 to 90 in the region in collaboration with Age UK and South of Tyne and Wear PCT. Data from the general population suggests that alcohol drinking among the British decreases with age, but they found that people over 55 are more likely to be regular drinkers […]

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