Researchers at the Max Planck Society for Human Development Institute monitored 1,814 teenagers from 14 to 19 years old.
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Participants underwent an MRI scan of the brain and filled out an alcohol questionnaire three times during the study period.
Scientists have found a correlation between the development of alcohol dependence up to 19 years and the volume of gray matter in the caudate nucleus and the left cerebellum. These areas are involved in the synthesis of dopamine.
People with a lot of gray matter in certain parts of the brain are prone to alcoholism
Like other important parts of the brain, the reward system is actively developing during adolescence. In the same period, the risk of addiction increases.
Although the mechanism of the revealed connection has not yet been studied, it can be a significant factor for the early diagnosis and prevention of alcoholism.
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