In the Brain, Romantic Love Is Basically an Addiction

“If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it,” Albert Einstein reportedly said. I’d like to broaden the definition of addiction—and also retire the scientific idea that all addictions are pathological and harmful. Since the beginning of formal diagnostics more than fifty years ago, the compulsive pursuit of gambling, […]

Innovative Detox Report Explores Link Between Mild-to-Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury and Addiction

According to a new report published by Las Vegas-based Innovative Detox, significant number of people addicted to either alcohol or prescription opiate painkillers have, at some time in their lives, suffered … alcohol and addiction news

This Is Your Child’s Brain on Alcohol

40,000 children are born each year with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders alcohol and addiction news

Brain Region Responsible For Resisting Alcohol’s Allure

University of Utah Health Sciences University of Utah neuroscientists finds the lateral habenula controls sensitivity to the negative effects of drinking alcohol As recovering spring breakers are regretting binge drinking escapades, it may be hard for them to appreciate that there is a positive side to the nausea, sleepiness, and stumbling. University of Utah neuroscientists […]

A Brain Region for Resisting Alcohol’s Allure

University of Utah neuroscientists report that when a region of the brain called the lateral habenula is chronically inactivated in rats, they repeatedly drink to excess and are less able to learn from the experience. The study, published online in PLOS ONE on April 2, has implications for understanding behaviors that drive alcohol addiction. alcohol […]

Alcohol addiction becomes focus of brain research at VTCRI

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute just received 2.8 million dollars to study alcohol dependence and ways to control impulses related to alcohol addiction. alcohol and addiction news

Addiction brain ‘retraining’ study

Scientists are investigating whether people with alcohol addiction, eating disorders and post-traumatic stress can retrain the way their brains work. alcohol and addiction news

Excessive Alcohol Use Has Lasting Effects On The Brain

The evidence is piling up, suggesting alcohol has a lasting and negative impact on the brain, according to new research published in the journal Cortex. Excessive alcohol use makes up four percent of the international burden of disease and specifically, binge drinking is becoming a more prominent health issue. Generally, disorders linked to "alcohol-related brain […]

Drug used to treat alcohol addiction could destroy deadly brain tumours

For more than 60 years, disulfiram has been to make addicts feel sick if they drink alcohol. Now scientists from the University of Wolverhampton say it could target brain cancer. alcohol and addiction news

Alcohol drug could treat deadly brain tumours

A drug used to treat alcohol addiction could help destroy deadly brain tumours, research has shown. alcohol and addiction news