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Stressed-out rats consume more alcohol, revealing related brain chemistry | ScienceDaily

Stressed-out rats consume more alcohol, revealing related brain chemistry | ScienceDaily

Stress, defined broadly, is a well-known risk factor for later alcohol abuse; however, the brain chemistry underlying interactions between stress and alcohol remain largely unknown. Reinforcement of addictive substance use and stress signaling involves common neural systems, including the brain reward center. Better understanding the brain chemistry involved in stress and increased alcohol consumption could have implications for getting to the root of such disorders as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Source: Stressed-out rats consume more alcohol, revealing related brain chemistry — ScienceDaily