Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Habenula! Powerful findings.


Brain region for resisting alcohol's allure found

April 2, 2014
University of Utah Health Sciences
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, neuroscientists report. The study has implications for understanding behaviors that drive alcohol addiction. "If we can understand the brain circuits that control sensitivity to alcohol's aversive effects, then we can start to get a handle on who may become a problem drinker," said the lead researcher.