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Alcohol. 1991 Jan-Feb;8(1):31-4.

Brain ventricular size in female alcoholics: an MRI study.

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  • 1Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Center, Neurology Department, McLean Hospital-Harvard Medical School, Belmont, MA 02178.


The brains of ten alcohol-dependent women between the ages of 21 and 65 were studied with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) techniques. All women had MRI scans twice during the withdrawal period. Only one of the ten women had abnormally enlarged ventricles. At the time of the second scan there were no significant changes in ventricular size from the first scan. No correlations were found between age and ventricular size, or years of alcohol abuse and ventricular size.

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