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September 4, 2018

Research Reveals Mechanism That May Drive Alcohol Use Disorder

JAMA. 2018;320(9):862-863. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.12864

New research published in Science reveals insights into the potential mechanisms that drive individuals with alcohol use disorder (AUD) to pathologically continue to choose alcohol over alternative healthy rewards. Only a subset of humans who consume alcohol transition to compulsive alcohol use, and the findings suggest that the mechanism underlying aberrant choice behavior may precipitate this transition.