Neuro-physiology of Addiction

The Biological Mechanisms of Addiction

Faulty signaling in brain increases craving

Alcohol metabolism causes DNA damage and triggers a breast cancer-related DNA damage response

Chronic drinking leads to reduced cortical thickness in frontal and temporal brain regions

Alcohol dulls brain ‘alarm’ that monitors mistakes, MU study finds


Alcohol – Health and Risk Factors

Alcohol ‘more harmful than heroin’ says Prof David Nutt

Relation of alcohol consumption to colorectal cancer

Worrying rise in alcohol related deaths among patients with diabetes

Alcohol interferes with the restorative functions of sleep

Alcohol dependence different by gender

Fire Fatality and Alcohol Intake: Analysis of Key Risk Factors

Alcohol Dependence or Abuse and Age at First Use


Addiction Defined

ASAM – Definition of Addiction


Dr. Kevin McCauley 8-Part You Tube Series

What is Addiction?

The Choice Argument

The Genetics of Addiction

Dopamine’s Role in Reward

Periodic Table of Intoxicants

Dopamine & Glutamate in Addictions

Stress & Addiction

Hypo-frontality in Addiction


Additional Resources

SAMHSA – Office of Applied Studies – Resource Page

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

American Society of Addiction Medicine


Articles courtesy of NIAAA, NIDA, SAMHSA, JSAD, ASAM, and EurekAlert