Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sweet Tooth May Foretell of Binge Drinking, Brain Scans Show

Healthfinder.gov, July 12, 2013

"A love of sweets might predict a fondness for the bottle, a new study suggests.
Researchers used functional MRI technology to scan the brains of 16 young adults while they drank either plain water or an intensely sweet mixture of sugar in water. Their brain activity was then compared to their drinking patterns.
There was a strong association between the participants' response to the sweet water in their brain's left orbitofrontal area -- part of the brain's reward system -- and binge drinking, according to the study published in the July 10 online edition of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research." Read More

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