Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Can Alcohol Dependence Be Reversed?

A specific group of brain cells appears to drive excessive alcohol drinking, and targeting these cells may reverses alcohol dependence, at least in rats, a new study finds.

In the study, the researchers trained rats how to self-administer alcohol out of a chamber, and caused some rats to become dependent on alcohol. They then injected the rats with a compound that could inactivate, or "turn off" a very specific set of brain cells in the amygdala.

They found that inactivating these brain cells caused the rats to completely cease their compulsive drinking.

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