Molecular and behavioral aspects of the actions of alcohol on the adult and developing brain

@article{AlfonsoLoeches2011MolecularAB,
  title={Molecular and behavioral aspects of the actions of alcohol on the adult and developing brain},
  author={Silvia Alfonso-Loeches and Consuelo Guerri},
  journal={Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences},
  year={2011},
  volume={48},
  pages={19 - 47}
}
The brain is one of the major target organs of alcohol actions. Alcohol abuse can lead to alterations in brain structure and functions and, in some cases, to neurodegeneration. Cognitive deficits and alcohol dependence are highly damaging consequences of alcohol abuse. Clinical and experimental studies have demonstrated that the developing brain is particularly vulnerable to alcohol, and that drinking during gestation can lead to a range of physical, learning and behavioral defects (fetal… 
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