Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Ann Gen Psychiatry. 2009 May 14;8:10. doi: 10.1186/1744-859X-8-10.

A short review on the aetiology and pathophysiology of alcoholism.

Author information

  • 1Second Psychiatry Department, Athens University Medical School, Attikon General Hospital, Athens, Greece. gmpsuoa@gmail.com

Abstract

Alcoholism is a chronic remitting and relapsing condition; its aetiology and pathophysiology remains largely obscure despite recent advances. This review summarises the current knowledge about the causation (biological or psychological) of alcohol addiction. This involves heredity, candidate genes, alcohol metabolism regulation and the influence of alcohol in the pathophysiology of the different neurotransmitter systems. Alcohol addiction is a multifactorial phenomenon where personality structure, individual state of mind and social influences are in constant interaction with brain neurobiology and pathophysiology. This disorder influences different sexes in different ways and causes major problems, especially in developed societies.

PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for BioMed Central Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk