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Newly Identified Neural Signature of Drug Craving Could Predict Drug Use
The signature could one day be used to improve treatment planning for people with substance abuse disorders.
Newly Identified Neural Signature of Drug Craving Could Predict Drug Use
Newly Identified Neural Signature of Drug Craving Could Predict Drug Use

The signature could one day be used to improve treatment planning for people with substance abuse disorders.

The signature could one day be used to improve treatment planning for people with substance abuse disorders.

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Study of Millions Finds Genetic Links to Smoking and Drinking 
Katherine Irving | Dec 9, 2022 | 3 min read
In the largest study of its kind, scientists find nearly 4,000 genetic variants that may predispose people to alcohol and tobacco use behaviors. 
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Ethanol-Making Microbe Tied to Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Oct 19, 2022 | 4 min read
A study adds to evidence linking gut bacteria to liver conditions in people who don’t drink excessive amounts of alcohol. 
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Epigenome Editing Decreases Alcohol Seeking and Anxiety in Rats
Natalia Mesa, PhD | May 20, 2022 | 4 min read
A CRISPR-based system that reverses epigenetic changes caused by adolescent binge drinking reduces adult addiction-like behaviors in rats, a study finds, suggesting that an epigenomic approach could someday help treat people with alcohol use disorder.
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Genes for Alcohol Use Disorder and Alzheimer’s Risk Overlap: Study
Emma Yasinski | Aug 24, 2021 | 4 min read
Genetic, transcriptomic, and epigenetic data reveal molecular mechanisms tying these disorders to each other and to immune disfunction.
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Cerebellum Plays Crucial Role in Metabolizing Alcohol in Mice
Marcus A. Banks | Mar 31, 2021 | 3 min read
The researchers say these findings challenge dogma in the field, which has given the liver all credit for metabolizing alcohol.
Alcohol, Bowel Movements May Confound Microbiology Studies
Max Kozlov | Nov 6, 2020 | 5 min read
A review offers a glimpse of previously unconsidered variables that could hinder efforts to identify true correlations between disease and gut microbiome composition.
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Alcohol-Related Deaths in US Doubled in Past Two Decades: Study
Emily Makowski | Jan 8, 2020 | 2 min read
White women had the highest increase in death rate.
Ketamine Could Help Cut Alcohol Consumption by Rewiring Memory
Catherine Offord | Nov 27, 2019 | 2 min read
Preliminary findings from a clinical trial of heavy drinkers suggest that the drug can weaken certain memories tied to the reward of imbibing, although the mechanisms aren’t fully clear.
Wine Therapy, Middle Ages
Kerry Grens | Oct 1, 2019 | 3 min read
The beverage was a popular tonic and antiseptic.
The “Science” of Hangovers
Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall | Jan 1, 2019 | 3 min read
As advanced as humans are, we still don’t have a handle on how to tame our response to a night of drinking.
The Search for a Hangover Cure
The Scientist Staff | Dec 31, 2018 | 1 min read
Meet the author of a new book that explores the past, present, and future of research into how to salve the alcohol-addled brain and body.
Anheuser-Busch Won’t Fund Controversial NIH Alcohol Study
Shawna Williams | Jun 11, 2018 | 2 min read
The company’s announcement comes weeks after enrollment was suspended.
Male Fruit Flies Take Pleasure in Having Sex
Jim Daley | Apr 20, 2018 | 1 min read
Sex-deprived males seek out alcohol.
NIH Turned Down Investigators Who Provoked Ire From Alcohol Industry
Shawna Williams | Apr 3, 2018 | 2 min read
An email exchange and an unusual meeting suggest a connection between an institute’s pursuit of industry support and the rejection of a grant application.
Alcohol Damages Mouse DNA
Jef Akst | Jan 3, 2018 | 1 min read
A byproduct of alcohol consumption causes mutations in the DNA of mouse blood stem cells, and some of the breaks are not repaired.
Different Alcoholic Drinks Tied to Different Moods
Catherine Offord | Nov 21, 2017 | 2 min read
An online survey finds that people report feeling most relaxed with a glass of red wine or beer, and most aggressive when drinking spirits.
Study: Alcohol Industry Distorts Cancer Risk
Bob Grant | Sep 10, 2017 | 2 min read
Researchers claim that industry groups worldwide misrepresent the carcinogenicity of alcohol products.
Image of the Day: Social Drinking
The Scientist Staff | Apr 27, 2017 | 1 min read
Drunken crayfish will roll on their backs and enthusiastically perform tail flips in their tanks. The animals are more likely to display they behaviors after spending time in a social environment compared with an isolated one.
Neural Mechanism Links Alcohol Consumption to Binge Eating
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jan 10, 2017 | 3 min read
Ethanol triggers starvation-activated neurons, leading mice to overeat. 
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