of Brain Circuitry May Be Effective in Binge Drinking

May 10, 2016 Share this content: Findings from study may eventually lead to expanded treatment options for binge drinking. A study recently published in Biological Psychiatry has uncovered new information on the brain circuitry involved in binge drinking, elucidating a mechanism that may lead to future pharmacologic treatments.1 Binge drinking is defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as “a pattern of drinking alcohol that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 gram percent or above,” an effect that typically occurs following the consumption of 5 or more drinks within 2 hours by men, or the consumption of 4 or more drinks within 2 hours by women.2 Binge drinking, a public health issue responsible for more than $170 billion in excess costs,3 has been implicated in the…


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