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Alcohol Res Health. 2003;27(2):125-33.

Alcoholism and the brain: an overview.

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  • 1Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicine, Massachusetts, USA.

Abstract

Alcoholism can affect the brain and behavior in a variety of ways, and multiple factors can influence these effects. A person's susceptibility to alcoholism-related brain damage may be associated with his or her age, gender, drinking history, and nutrition, as well as with the vulnerability of specific brain regions. Investigators use a variety of methods to study alcoholism-related brain damage, including examining brains of deceased patients as well as neuroimaging, a technique that enables researchers to test and observe the living brain and to evaluate structural damage in the brain.

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