Alcohol sensitizes cerebral responses to the odors of alcoholic drinks: an fMRI study.

@article{Bragulat2008AlcoholSC,
  title={Alcohol sensitizes cerebral responses to the odors of alcoholic drinks: an fMRI study.},
  author={Veronique Bragulat and Mario Dzemidzic and Thomas M. Talavage and Dena Davidson and Sean J. O'Connor and David A. Kareken},
  journal={Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research},
  year={2008},
  volume={32 7},
  pages={1124-34}
}
BACKGROUND Small, priming doses of alcohol enhance desire to drink, and thus play a role in the loss of control of alcohol consumption. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), we previously showed that alcoholic drink odors (AO; subjects' drinks of choice) induce greater nucleus accumbens (NAc) activity than non-appetitive odors (NApO; grass, leather) in subjects at risk for alcoholism. Here we hypothesized that priming exposure to alcohol would enhance responses to AO in the NAc… CONTINUE READING