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Neuroscience sheds light on compulsive alcohol use

Compulsive alcohol use is defined as when a person is unable to reduce or stop alcohol use, even when faced with negative consequences. In a recent paper, researchers discussed the dynamics around compulsive drinking and a related article that pointed to an individual’s nervous system network that may shed light on why a person may drink compulsively. Researchers hope this information could be useful in developing medications to address compulsive alcohol use. The article “Compelled to drink: Why some cannot stop” was funded by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. It was published in the journal Science.

https://science.sciencemag.org/content/366/6468/947