Heavy Drinking Rewires Brain, Increasing Susceptibility to Anxiety Problems, University of North Carolina School of Medicine Study
Published: Sep 05, 2012
Doctors have long recognized a link between alcoholism and anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Those who drink heavily are at increased risk for traumatic events like car accidents and domestic violence, but that only partially explains the connection. New research using mice reveals heavy alcohol use actually rewires brain circuitry, making it harder for alcoholics to recover psychologically following a traumatic experience.