Sweet preference, sugar addiction and the familial history of alcohol dependence: shared neural pathways and genes.

@article{Fortuna2010SweetPS,
  title={Sweet preference, sugar addiction and the familial history of alcohol dependence: shared neural pathways and genes.},
  author={Jeffrey L Fortuna},
  journal={Journal of psychoactive drugs},
  year={2010},
  volume={42 2},
  pages={147-51}
}
Contemporary research has shown that a high number of alcohol-dependent and other drug-dependent individuals have a sweet preference, specifically for foods with a high sucrose concentration. Moreover, both human and animal studies have demonstrated that in some brains the consumption of sugar-rich foods or drinks primes the release of euphoric endorphins and dopamine within the nucleus accumbens, in a manner similar to some drugs of abuse. The neurobiological pathways of drug and "sugar… CONTINUE READING
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