Patterns of Alcohol Consumption Becoming More Similar for Men and Women

Yesterday I posted the results of a study that found an increased risk of accidental and intentional death among women and young people with alcohol use disorders. Now there is a brand new study, published online by the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research (September 2015) that indicates that over the last decade, women have begun to drink much more similarly to men.

MEDSCAPE: Cannabis Harms Brain, Imaging Shows

“Our study provides definitive evidence that in heavy cannabis users, there is a detectable deficit of striatal dopamine release using an amphetamine challenge,” said Dr Weinstein. “Within the striatum, the subdivisions seem to have a different pattern, in contrast to reports of other substance abuse. And our exploratory analysis suggests that the deficits we are seeing in dopamine release in the striatum have a functional significance — that lower dopamine release is associated with lower working memory and learning performance.”

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