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‘The Rose-Colored Beer Goggles Effect’ Shows That For Some Heavy Drinkers, Perceived Social Benefits Outweigh Harms

A study by University of Washington psychologists shows some people continue to drink heavily because of perceived positive effects, despite experiencing negative effects such as hangovers, fights, and regrettable sexual situations. According to participants in the study, boosts of courage, chattiness, and other social benefits of drinking outweigh its harms, which they generally did not […]

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Parental Alcoholism Carries A Genetic Risk To Offspring

Researchers know that there is a strong link between parental alcohol use disorders (AUDs) and the risk for developing an AUD among their offspring. This study looked at the risk of AUDs in the offspring of a large population-based sample of Danish parents. Findings confirmed that parental AUDs were associated with an increased risk of […]

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Impaired Impulsivity And Delayed Gratification In Alcohol-Dependence Is Associated With Specific Brain Anomalies

Researchers already know that alcohol dependence (AD) is strongly associated with impaired impulse control or, more precisely, the inability to choose large, delayed rewards rather than smaller but more immediate rewards. Findings from a study using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate the neural basis of impulsive choice among individuals with alcohol use disorders […]

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Scientists Explore New Link Between Genetics, Alcoholism, And The Brain

Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System have uncovered a new link between genetic variations associated with alcoholism, impulsive behavior, and a region of the brain involved in craving and anxiety. The results, published online April 12 in Molecular Psychiatry, suggest that variations in the GABRA2 gene contribute to the risk of alcoholism by influencing […]

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