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How to treat alcoholism

A team of Finnish scientists has decoded changes in the brain that make people prone to excessive drinking — a discovery that can lead to new drug therapies to treat alcoholism. The brain tissue of people with alcohol dependence shows a variety of hormonal and neurotransmitter changes compared to non-alcoholics. All alcoholics’ brains share some characteristics but some are exclusive to the brain tissue of anxiety-prone Type 1 alcoholics or impulsive Type 2 alcoholics, according to researchers from University of Eastern Finland. The researchers analysed post-mortem brain tissue from alcoholic people and non-alcoholic controls.

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