New research has underlined the power of an anti-stress peptide in the brain to prevent and even reverse some of the cellular effects of acute alcohol and alcohol dependence in animal models. The research could lead to the development of drugs to treat alcoholism in the future. The research highlights the cellular mechanisms that govern the transition from alcohol use to alcohol dependence.
“Alcohol affects a lot of systems in the brain, and there won’t be a single pill that will cure the multiple and complex aspects of this disease,” said lead researcher Marisa Roberto, an associate professor at The Scripps Research Institute.
Scientists are hoping to attack the disease of alcoholism, and are investigating the many different areas of the brain that seem to play a role in the use and abuse of alcohol.