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Taste of Beer Alone Induces Cravings to Drink

Taste of Beer Alone Induces Cravings to Drink

  Researchers at Indiana University have discovered that just a tiny taste of beer causes the release of dopamine, a feel good chemical, in the brain and can also trigger cravings for alcohol. They also found that people with alcoholic family members had the most significant releases of dopamine when tasting beer. David Kareken, author of the study and med-school professor at Indiana University, said, “This is the first human demonstration that a stimulus that is reliably … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Research, Substance Abuse

Experts Want Video Game Addiction Added to Mental Health Manual As Gaming Becomes Serious Obsession for Some

Experts Want Video Game Addiction Added to Mental Health Manual As Gaming Becomes Serious Obsession for Some

  In May, a new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is scheduled to be released, and experts hope that it will recognize video game addiction. Hilarie Cash runs Seattle-based Restart, one of the few rehab centers that treat internet and video-game addiction in North America. According to Cash, “People’s lives completely fall apart, and there are people who die from it.” (CBC News, 2013) Though these extreme cases are a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Conditions and Disorders

Stress-Related Relapse Halted, Brings Hope for Addicts

Stress-Related Relapse Halted, Brings Hope for Addicts

  After more than a decade’s worth of research into stress and drug-seeking behavior in rats, researchers at Brown University and University of Pennsylvania have found a way to prevent relapse in their animal model by blocking certain receptors in the brain. This news in and of itself is a huge accomplishment for the scientific community; however, it is also an enormous step for the addiction community at large. This means that there is a potential medication … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Research, Substance Abuse

The Brain Loves Sugar

The Brain Loves Sugar

  Sugar is as addictive as cocaine.  Being overweight, says Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, can be a clear-cut case of too much of a good thing — specifically dopamine, a feel-good chemical that gets released in your brain when you eat something delicious like sugar. Facts about Sugar: The average American eats 156 lbs of added sugar a year. We consume almost 500% more soft drinks than we did in the 1940’s, according … Read entire article »

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Fat and Sugar Addiction Similar to Drug Addiction

  Binging on unlimited quantities of food that are high in fat and sugar for only six weeks then returning to a more balanced diet is enough to cause anxiety, intense cravings, and other withdrawal-like symptoms in mice. There have been numerous studies in the past decade on the addictive nature of junk foods.  A new study conducted by Stephanie Fulton, a neuroscientist at the University of Montreal, adds to this research on sugar and fat addictions. Some of the first studies on food addiction suggested simply that, when sugar is taken away from rodents, the rodents go through withdrawal symptoms, including anxiety, depression, and tremors.  Additional studies found that those symptoms accompany changes in dopamine and opioid systems in the brain, two types of neurotransmitters that are involved in cravings and withdrawal.  … Read entire article »

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Smoking Cigarettes Makes Hangovers Worse

  Have you ever drank too much and smoked a bunch of cigarettes and then, in the morning, felt like your brain and insides were melting?  According to researchers at Brown University, smoking cigarettes while consuming large amounts of alcohol causes worse hangovers than just consuming alcohol alone. Led by Dr. Damaris Rohsenow and Kristina Jackson, the study focused on examining the data from a survey that questioned 113 students from Midwestern University about their smoking habits while drinking. The students were told to keep records of how many drinks and how many cigarettes they had each night, including their hangover symptoms in the morning, such as nausea, headache, trouble concentrating, and level of tiredness.  The blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of every student, both male and female, were also analyzed, including their weights … Read entire article »

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Possible New JFAA Fellowship – Junk Food Addicts Anonymous?

We all know bacon drenched in gravy and a side of biscuits probably isn’t your healthiest breakfast choice. However, when we bought the container of bacon at our local Stop ‘n Shop, would we have thought twice about buying it if the package had contained a warning indicating the addictive potential of the bacon? Scientists’ emerging research shows a parallel between the brain’s reactions that occur with substances such as morphine, cocaine and heroin and reactions that occur with junk food such as candy, chips, sodas, fast foods — anything that tastes really, really delicious and releases dopamine in the brain upon consumption. Scientists used rats to study affects on the brain when junk food such as icing, chocolate, and sausage were eaten. The rat’s resulting brain were almost duplicates … Read entire article »

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