Drinking Can Cause PTSD
Though people often begin drinking heavily in order to forget something, new research has shown that excessive drinking can actually rewire the brain and produce the opposite. The effect is so strong that drinking can actually lead to or contribute to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The studies were conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and involved groups of mice, one of which was given large doses of alcohol. The study leads to the conclusion that those drinking too much—like alcoholics—may be further aggravating emotional issues that might have led to drinking in the first place.
“Basically, our research shows that chronic exposure to alcohol can cause a deficit with regard to how our cognitive brain centers control our emotional brain centers,” said Thomas Kash, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. The research showed significant differences in how the brains of the mice actually functioned, in terms of the ways that nerve cells were actually shaped.
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