Science Explains Why It's So Hard to Stop After Just One Drink

Science Explains Why It's So Hard to Stop After Just One Drink

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Faith Durand
Sep 8, 2015
(Image credit: Roger Kamholz)

You may love your cocktails, or maybe beer or wine are your thing. Regardless, if you enjoy a drink (or two) you probably know how hard it is to stop at just one. You open that bottle of wine and poof it's half gone. That second cocktail is hard to pass up. Why is this? Science has an answer.

This piece from Munchies, Vice's food channel, has a summary of a recent set of research published in The Journal of Neuroscience:

The study found that drinking alcohol can actually alter the structure and function of neurons that are found in the dorsomedial striatum, the area of your brain that controls motivational and reward systems. When you sip on your glass of Chardonnay or tumbler of whiskey-soda, the shape of these “go neurons” shifts, urging you to order another round and keep up the buzz.

This is not exactly news (alcohol makes your brain function differently), but the developments of the mechanics are interesting. Most importantly, this is research into how binge drinking affects the brain and how, ultimately, alcoholism may form. Given the impact of this serious addiction for millions of people, it's research worth reading.

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