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James Morris: Why harmful drinkers reject change: coping and cognition in maintaining heavy drinking
This mouse study describes the structural differences in brains of mice who are dependent on alcohol compared to those who are not. Rather than looking at function of specific sections of the brain, the study looked at the overall structure of the brain to understand differences in a new way.
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Patients with alcohol misuse are less likely to receive preventive health services but more likely to utilize emergency health services. However, the association between alcohol misuse and outpatient follow-up after hospitalization is unknown and may depend on whether a patient experiences a critical illness.
Effects of Long‐Term Alcohol Drinking on the Dopamine D2 Receptor: Gene Expression and Heteroreceptor Complexes in the Striatum in Rats
Reduced dopamine D2 receptor (D2R) ligand binding has repeatedly been demonstrated in the striatum of humans with alcohol use disorder (AUD). The attenuated D2R binding has been suggested to reflect a reduced D2R density, which in turn has been proposed to drive craving and relapse.
A study published in the journal of Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research explores the association between parental alcohol problems and subsequent risky drinking and behavioural issues in adolescents.
A study implementing the use of virtual reality to explore addition and recovery has been published by a team of researchers connected to Clinical Tools, Inc. Clinical Tools is based in the USA with work combining medicine, science, and technology to deliver online education and improve patient care.