National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Study Finds Chronic Alcohol Use Shifts Brain's Control of Behavior

Published: Aug 23, 2013

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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. he finding provides a biological mechanism that helps to explain compulsive alcohol use and the progression to alcohol dependence.

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