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31 October 2016

What makes people crave alcohol?

What makes people crave alcohol? A team of US scientists used two brain imaging techniques on 24 beer drinkers as they first tasted their favourite brew and then a sports drink. The results suggest that the source of alcohol craving may be a pea-sized structure located deep inside the right side of the brain. The taste of beer induced more activity in the so-called right ventral striatum which is situated in the brain’s basal ganglia and is linked to our psychological reward system and motivated behaviour than did the sports drink

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