Does estrogen influence alcohol use disorder?

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Does estrogen influence alcohol use disorder?

Amy Lasek (Photo: Jenny Fontaine)
Amy Lasek (Photo: Jenny Fontaine)

A new study from researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago shows that high estrogen levels may make alcohol more rewarding to female mice.

The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests that treatment for alcohol use disorder or binge drinking behavior may be more effective if sex differences are considered.

Amy Lasek, associate professor of psychiatry and anatomy and cell biology, led the research, which looked specifically at estrogen receptors in the brain to determine the mechanisms by which estrogen regulates alcohol sensitivity.

Read more at: UIC Today

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