Men with alcohol use disorder have diminished brain activity in areas associated with emotional processing, memory and social processing, compared to women with AUD. The findings may lead to gender-specific treatments to help relieve addition to alcohol.
Researchers have uncovered a mechanism in the BNST that senses the negative effects of alcohol and modulates the urge to drink. The study reports that when this mechanism doesn't function correctly, we lose the ability to recognize that we have had enough to drink.
According to researchers, a genetic variant changes the expression of the SNAP25 protein, impacting information processing between brain areas associated with regulating emotions. Researchers report this may increase the risk of developing schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.