Females suffering concussion in adolescence could be at higher risk for alcohol abuse in adulthood

Written by Louise White

New research carried out at the Ohio State University (OH, USA) found that female mice with a mild closed-head brain injury were more likely to associate drinking with reward and pleasure, leading to alcohol dependency in adulthood. The findings, which were not upheld in male mice, were published recently in the Journal of Neurotrauma. Intoxication is the direct or indirect cause for up to half of all mild traumatic brain injuries. In addition alcohol use following an injury can delay rehabilitation as well as increase the chances of developing further injuries. Using mice as a test subject, the researchers caused...

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