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Your Brain on Alcohol

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: What happens to the brain of a binge drinker?
Air Date: 8/19/16
Duration: 10
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Jun Wang, MD, PhD
Dr. Jun WangDr. Jun Wang has both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees.

He received his postdoctoral training the University of California at Berkeley and at San Francisco.

He joined the Texas A&M Health Science Center in 2013 at a Tenure-track Assistant Professor. His group studies alcohol use disorders using animal models.
Your Brain on Alcohol
How does the addictive brain of a binge drinker work? How can you reduce the desire for a second round of drinks?

Alcohol makes you feel happy and impinges your brain mentally and physically. It’s the only addictive substance people can buy legally.

Why are we more addicted to alcohol than something else?

The brain controls your alcohol drinking behavior. It consists of 10 billion neurons that connect with each other. Alcohol can affect a lot of neurons because it is absorbed very quickly.

Genetics can affect how your body metabolizes alcohol. Some people can build up alcohol tolerance, which is harmful to the body.

Listen in as Dr. Jun Wang joins Dr. Susanne Bennett to discuss what alcohol consumption does to the brain.
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