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Brain research could hold key to alcohol problems




Scientists are using an innovative technique that combines brain stimulation and the measure of brain activity to investigate difficulties linked to giving up alcohol, with the hope of developing more effective therapies for alcohol dependence.

Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, in collaboration with Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre, has developed a new non-invasive technique, which it hopes will directly measure activity in the frontal brain regions.

Frontal brain regions are important for making decisions and for stopping behaviours that cause us harm.

Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre Director, Professor Dan Lubman, said it was important to learn as much as possible about the brain so effective therapies for the therapy of alcohol dependence could be developed.



Brain research could hold key to alcohol problems

"Alcohol is a significant health issue in our community and a better understanding of the brain will lead to improved screening and therapy programs," Professor Lubman said.

Until recently, directly investigating activity in the frontal brain region and the relationship between the brain and a person's ability to stop drinking has been extremely difficult.

However, Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre has developed a new technique which allows scientists to directly stimulate and measure frontal brain activity in patients with alcohol problems.

Chief investigator at Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, Jodie Feil, said the combined brain stimulation technique would provide a unique insight into the brain regions linked to controlling alcohol consumption.

"Findings from this study could lead to the development of more effective therapys for alcohol dependence," Ms Feil said.


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Scientists are using an innovative technique that combines brain stimulation and the measure of brain activity to investigate difficulties linked to giving up alcohol, with the hope of developing more effective therapies for alcohol dependence. Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, in collaboration with Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, has developed a new non-invasive technique, which it hopes will directly measure activity in the frontal brain regions.

Medicineworld.org: Brain research could hold key to alcohol problems

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