Dopamine The Culprit Behind Alcohol Addiction

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Erin Ford


Recent studies have shown that dopamine is a major factor in the development of alcohol dependence in the brain. When dopamine receptors were increased in mice, the mice substantially increased their alcohol consumption, according to an early study in the Journal of Neuroscience (Rishi Sharma et. al, 2022). Among many other prominent findings, this study explores how dopamine (one of the prominent "happiness" neurotransmitters) plays a fundamental role in addiction to alcohola n d possibly other substances. New discoveries like this, could lead to a whole new realm of treatment options for addiction. However, before addressing alcohol addiction rehabilitation itself, it's important to understand the biomechanical effects of alcohol in the brain.

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Erin Ford, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Erin Ford is a sophomore majoring in Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Biomolecular Engineering. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis and painting. She hopes to help others increase their knowledge about neuroscience through her writing in Brain Matters.