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Addiction

05 December 2012

Scientists find gene link to teenage binge drinking

Scientists have unpicked the brain processes involved in teenage alcohol abuse and say their findings help explain why some young people have more of a tendency to binge drink.

Scientists have unpicked the brain processes involved in teenage alcohol abuse and say their findings help explain why some young people have more of a tendency to binge drink.

Alcohol and other addictive drugs activate the brain's dopamine systems, which induces feelings of pleasure and reward. Worldwide, some 2.5 million people die each year from the harmful use of alcohol, accounting for about 3.8% of all deaths, according to the World Health Organisation.

 

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