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Scientists Test the Brain Region That Makes Us Averse to Alcohol

(4/7/2014)

Scientists Test the Brain Region That Makes Us Averse to Alcohol
Medical News Today
April 3, 2014

Neuroscientists at the University of Utah investigate the region of the brain that regulates how sensitive we are to the negative effects of alcohol. The brain's relationship to recreational drugs, of which alcohol is one, involves a complex system of reward and punishment. Alcohol triggers the brain's reward system, releasing pleasure-inducing neurotransmitters that make us want to consume more. But the adverse effects of alcohol - hangovers, sickness and impaired motor function, among other things - help us to regulate our intake so that the consumption of intoxicants does not become a problem for us.

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Keywords: brain, region, averse, aversion, alcohol, negative, effects, sensitivity, reward, punhishment, consumption, intoxication



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