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Alcohol’s Effect on the Brain: Important New Information

Do we always learn from our mistakes? New research suggests that alcoholics may not. University of Utah neuroscientists recently published a study that can help us understand behaviors that can influence alcohol addiction. Read More

Aversive effects

When I was drinking, the issue was that there were no aversive effects. It was insanely enjoyable to be drunk. Nothing else compared. After a while, I began to have rebound effects the following day, but these were curable: a drink cured it right away. By the time being drunk became a problem in my life, the fear of withdrawal was my motivator to continue drinking.

Addendum

If the aversive effects under question are the hangover effects, they develop gradually, and most alcoholics develop their drinking habits at an age (early teens) when a day is a long time to think ahead.

This sounds a little like aversion therapy.

This sounds something like aversion therapy. You give someone some an antabuse type drug and then give them access to alcohol. The immediate negative effects are supposed to help you form an aversion to alcohol. To treat alcohol similar to your example of food poisoning. You avoid it.

This doesn't work.

Are you suggesting that this new find can help people remember the pain they felt when they last drank for longer.
(I assumed that aversion therapy works, but the aversion doesn't last very long unless it is somehow reinforced).

Am I putting the pieces together properly or am I off track.

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Constance Scharff, Ph.D. is the Senior Addiction Research Fellow and Director of Addiction Research at Cliffside Malibu Treatment Center.

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