In Brief: Thwarting alcoholism in the brain

In Brief

Thwarting alcoholism in the brain

Published: February, 2007

A brain imaging study shows that high levels of a nerve receptor for the chemical messenger dopamine may help prevent children of alcoholics from developing alcohol problems themselves.

Fifteen people who did not abuse alcohol but had a high rate of alcoholism in their families — at least three relatives including the father — were compared with 16 controls who had no family history of alcoholism. Most were in their early 20s.

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