Why more men drink

I found this article quite interesting.

Why men are twice as likely to become alcoholics – drinking sparks more pleasure in male brains

Men are twice as likely as women to become alcoholics and now scientists believe they know why.
Researchers from Columbia and Yale universities studied the underlying biology of how drinking affects the brain. They found that consuming beer and wine on a night out gave men a far greater ‘pleasure rush’ than women.
The team compared a group of male and female college-age social drinkers in a laboratory test of alcohol consumption.
Men are twice as likely as women to abuse alcohol. U.S researchers have now found males are more responsive to the legal drug
Men are twice as likely as women to abuse alcohol. U.S researchers have now found males are more responsive to the legal drug (posed by models)
After consuming an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink, each participant underwent a specialized positron emission tomography (PET) scan, an imaging technique that can measure the amount of alcohol-induced dopamine release.
Dopamine has multiple functions in the brain, but is important in this context because of its pleasurable effects when it is released by rewarding experiences, such as sex or drugs.
Despite similar consumptions of alcohol, the men had greater dopamine release than women. This increase was found in the ventral striatum, an area in the brain strongly associated with pleasure, reinforcement and addiction formation.
The findings were reported in the journal Biological Psychiatry.
Study co-author Dr Nina Urban from Columbia university, said: ‘In men, increased dopamine release also had a stronger association with subjective positive effects of alcohol intoxication.
‘This may contribute to the initial reinforcing properties of alcohol and the risk for habit formation.’

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Senior author Dr Anissa Abi-Dargham, added: ‘Another important observation from this study is the decline in alcohol-induced dopamine release with repeated heavy drinking episodes.
‘This may be one of the hallmarks of developing tolerance or transitioning into habit.’
These findings indicate that the ability of alcohol to stimulate dopamine release may play an important and complex role in its rewarding effects and abuse liability in humans.
This identification of an in vivo neurochemical mechanism that could help explain the sex difference in alcoholism is an exciting step forward in alcoholism research.
Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances in the world. In Britain one third of men and one sixth of women drink alcohol at a level that is dangerous to their health.

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4 responses to “Why more men drink

  • Sarah Peck

    Thank you for your blog. This morning so overwhelmed again. I need help. A place to vent and see. Asking for God’s help and guidance all the time. My husband is a functioning alcoholic, but denies it. Everytime I think it rock bottom, it’s not. We’ve been married 21 years. Thank you for shedding light on dark places. I was surprised to not hear how it’s the wives fault that men are prone to drinking. That seems to be the message I keep getting. My children and I have been so hurt, rejected, neglected, ignored, yet told how to follow God. For years I get to the place where I let go and even decide that I will not pick up the mess anymore. It never lasts. It always gets messier and worse. Please pray for the Peck Family. Our wasteland is too messy for anyone but Jesus. Thank you.

    Sarah

    • wivesforchrist

      Sarah,
      Thank you! I know what you’re saying!! These are some very dark days and the path is so messy. I always rest on the promise that God is preparing me for something bigger than what I could possibly even know and understand. This helps most of the time. I do feel like my husband is just another child that I have to care for. And I get very weary when at times I need caring for too!
      I know I’m dealing with an illness, not a terrible person.
      We were out on a date the other night and I shared many things about our past. For some reason, God touched him in a way like never before and I saw complete sorrow in him. He asked, “Why have you stayed with me all these years when I have been such a terrible person?” My answer, “Because I believe in you and I know the person ‘you’ are! I have never given up on you and I truly do love you. I know God has put us together for greater things.”
      Many times I keep crying to God for revealing ‘what’ He is preparing us for. That’s where my faith comes in! I still don’t know.
      I will pray for you and your family!! You are not alone:)
      Blessings
      Allison

  • Phyllis

    I just now found this blog and am so thankful. Reading all the responses from wives who really understand is a blessing. I am married to a wonderful man who happens to be a highly functioning alcoholic. We are both Christians and have been so for many years. I have been aware of his drinking problem for 6-7 years, but he has been in a state of denial until recently. He now admits he is an alcoholic, but refuses to get any medical help for all the reasons we know so well–pride, shame, guilt, fear. I am a registered nurse and understand that alcoholism is a disease. That being said, I want him to seek treatment before it kills him. Unfortunately, he is not willing. He secretly drinks and will not discuss with the amount of alcohol he drinks or the time of day he has to start drinking. I know he drinks vodka and keeps it at his office. He used to keep it in his truck until I found it and now he keeps it someplace else. We have been married for 34 years this June and our marriage is teetering on the edge. I have not been able to discuss this with anyone, so I am glad to have found you. Any words of encourage and advise is appreciated. I do pray every day, many times a day for him and us and I know that God is able. Trusting and having faith is not easy, but Jesus is still here.

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