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Women's Brains React Differently Than Men's to Alcoholism, Study Finds
Date:8/31/2012

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For those who had stopped drinking within the previous year, white matter volume increased and ventricular volume decreased in women, but not in men. After more than a year in recovery, however, those signs disappeared in women and became apparent in men.

"These findings preliminarily suggest that restoration and recovery of the brain's white matter among alcoholics occurs later in abstinence for men than for women," Mosher Ruiz said in a Boston Medical Center news release.

"We hope that additional research in this area can help lead to improved treatment methods that include educating both alcoholic men and women about the harmful effects of excessive drinking and the potential for recovery with sustained abstinence," she added.

The study was published online recently in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

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The U.S. National Institutes of Health provides more information on alcoholism and alcohol abuse.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Boston Medical Center, news release, August 2012


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