Friday, January 05, 2007

Alcoholism a "disinhibitory disorder"

Alcohol dependence is linked with impaired impulse control, as are several psychiatric disorders, a study led by Bernice Porjesz, professor and director of the Henri Begleiter Neurodynamics Laboratory at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, has found. The study is said to be the first that strongly links alcoholism to malfunctions in the frontal lobe of the brain. Older studies typically locate factors associated with alcoholism in the more primitive lower brain regions. Discussion. Abstract.

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