Alcohol blocks a potassium channel called KCNK13 that sits within the membrane of dopamine-releasing neurons in the VTA, researchers report.
More young people are choosing not to drink alcohol, and many others are drinking less, according to a UCL research team.
Popular songs and barstool philosophers have long observed how, after a few drinks, guys often change how they look at women around them. University of Nebraska-Lincoln psychology researchers used eye-tracking technology to investigate alcohol’s influence on when college-age men drop their gaze from a woman’s face to other parts of her anatomy.
Researchers from the University of Adelaide have found a new link between the brain’s immune system and the desire to drink alcohol in the evening. In laboratory studies using mice, researchers have been able to switch off the impulse to drink alcohol by giving mice a drug that blocks a specific response from the immune system in the brain.
Drinking alcohol improves memory for information learned before the drinking episode began, new research suggests.