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MAY 08, 2013 - Futurity

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Brain scans of alcoholics show relapse risk

YALE (US) — Even experienced counselors have difficultly spotting a recovering alcoholic in danger of relapse. Brain imaging might do a better job, research suggests. Alcoholics with abnormal activity in areas of the brain that control emotions and desires are eight times more likely to relapse and drink heavily than alcoholics with more normal patterns of activity or healthy individuals, according to the study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. “These areas in the prefrontal cortex are involved in regulating emotion and in controlling responses to reward,” says Rajita ... Read More

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