How alcohol consumption contributes to chronic pain

A team showed how both alcohol intake and alcohol withdrawal can lead to increased pain and hypersensitivity.

Chronic alcohol consumption may make people more sensitive to pain through two different molecular mechanisms -- one driven by alcohol intake and one by alcohol withdrawal.

That is one new conclusion by scientists at Scripps Research on the complex links between alcohol and pain.

The research, published in the British Journal of Pharmacology on April 12, 2023, also suggests potential new drug targets for treating alcohol-associated chronic pain and hypersensitivity.

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