The Addicted Brain

Lecture for the online course “The Addicted Brain”, taught by Michael Kuhar, Ph.D. (Emory University). “This is a course about addiction to drugs and other behaviors. It will describe what happens in the brain and how this information helps us deal with and overcome addiction. It will also discuss other topics such as government policy and our vulnerability to take drugs.”
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How drinking affects the body and brain

addictionblog.org: “When you drink, you might feel relaxed, confident, and fun to be around. These pleasurable effects cant make it easy for you to push aside the negative consequences of drinking, such as:
clouded thinking
impaired motor functions
poor judgement
memory problems
reduced coordination
slowed reflexes
… and the list goes on…negative effects can even include problem drinking and alcohol addiction. One thing’s for certain: While you may find the effects of alcohol fun, your body doesn’t.”

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Alcohol: The Real Gateway Drug

Alcohol: The Real Gateway Drug from Behavioral Health Palm Beaches on Vimeo.

From Behavioral Health Palm Beaches

“Alcohol abuse is a growing problem in this country. In the United States between 2006 and 2010, alcohol-attributable deaths reached an annual average of approximately 88,000 people, with excessive drinking causing one in 10 deaths among working-age adults. In 2014, 16.3 million adults over the age of 18 were diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder (AUD), but only about 1.5 million adults received treatment for this disease in a specialized facility.”

Alcoholism in America (HBO Documentary)


Are you a risky drinker? Nearly 70% of American adults drink alcohol and nearly 1/3 of them engage in problem drinking at some point in their lives. Produced with The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Risky Drinking is a no-holds-barred look at a national epidemic through the intimate stories of four people whose drinking dramatically affects their relationships.