It is addictive

The alcohol It provides a tranquilizing effect related to reward and pleasure brain circuits, as well as to dopamine, a substance produced in the nervous system.

When your consumption increases, explains Dr. Benjamín Guerrero López, of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health of the Faculty of Medicine of the UNAM, there are changes in these circuits that in turn will cause changes at the brain level.

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In addition, as the dependence on this substance increases, the brain it is damaged and disorders similar to the dementia or mental illnesses such as depression or schizophrenia.

The specialist clarified that for an alcoholic to become aggressive, uninhibited or violent will depend on the time and amount of alcohol consumed, as well as how damaged is your brain, because not all who drink develop addiction to the substance.


It is addictive

And is that addiction is a complex disease in which they intervene genetic factors, environmental or personality, so it demands an interdisciplinary approach to understand and treat it.


Open to dialogue

A space open to the public to share the most recent scientific studies and reflect on the phenomenon of addictions, is the round table More Science , less addictions, organized by the General Directorate for the Dissemination of Science of UNAM.

The meeting will take place this Wednesday September 7th at 18:00 in the Teatro Universum, Museum of Sciences of the UNAM.


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