Alcohol Abuse Tag

Gamblers, Alcoholics Share Risk/Reward Brain Changes, Differ on Cost Assessment

21 Nov Gamblers, Alcoholics Share Risk/Reward Brain Changes, Differ on Cost Assessment

Addiction researchers have firmly established that some of the damaging brain changes found in people with non-substance-based behavioral addictions are roughly equivalent to the damaging changes found in the brains of people addicted to drugs, medications or alcohol. In a study published in 2014 in the journal Addiction Biology, a team of German researchers compared the brain effects of one specific form of behavioral addiction, called gambling disorder,  to the brain effects of alcoholism. These researchers found a general similarity between certain aspects of the two conditions, but also found significant differences in the particulars of their brain impact.
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Hiding Alcoholism

21 Sep Hiding Alcoholism: The High-Functioning Alcoholic

Alcoholism is a debilitating disease that affects almost 18 million Americans. Unlike other types of addictions where symptoms are obvious because of physical signs or ailments, alcoholism is an illness that can go undetected. Recently Diane Schuler—the Long Island mother who drove the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway, killing herself along with seven other people—was found to be under the influence of alcohol and marijuana.
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