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Biology of Addiction: Drugs and Alcohol Can Hijack Your Brain

Biology of Addiction:
Drugs and Alcohol Can Hijack Your Brain

Source:  National Institute of Health Newsletter October 2015

https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/oct2015/feature1

“People with addiction lose control over their actions. They crave and seek out drugs, alcohol, or other substances no matter what the cost—even at the risk of damaging friendships, hurting family, or losing jobs. What is it about addiction that makes people behave in such destructive ways? And why is it so hard to quit?”

WTR-RI Research and Analysis Team Note:
This brief, readable and non-technical one page article is an excellent primer on the current state of knowledge on the any addictive substance gains control of the brain.  It is especially helpful in understanding the special vulnerability of adolescent brains (through age 25 to 28) to these substances. 

A positive association between anxiety disorders and cannabis use.

A positive association between anxiety disorders and cannabis use or cannabis use disorders in the general population- a meta-analysis of 31 studies

Karina Karolina Kedzior* and Lisa Tabata Laeber

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Jacobs University Bremen; Bremen, Germany

in BMC Psychiatry 2014, 14:136  doi:10.1186/1471-244X-14-136  Published: 10 May 2014

WTR-RI Research & Analysis Team Note:

The study’s authors concluded that “Anxiety is positively associated with cannabis use or CUD in cohorts drawn from some 112,000 non-institutionalized members of the general population of 10 countries.”  The complete Open Access article can be found at  http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-244X/14/136/abstract

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