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For over 25 Years The Scripps Research Institute Alcohol Research Center (TSRI-ARC) has been devoted to the study of the effects of alcohol on the brain and how these effects lead to alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Alcoholism can be defined as a behavioral disorder characterized by an obsession with obtaining and using alcohol and disregarding other important activities that do not involve alcohol use. Other serious problems that can occur in alcoholism are an inability to control alcohol use, medical and psychological problems caused by alcohol use, craving alcohol, and difficulty staying sober once a person has stopped drinking.
Scientists at the Alcohol Research Center study the effects of alcohol at genetic, neurochemical, cellular, hormonal, behavioral, and psychological levels of brain function. Significant advances have been made in understanding the development, course and treatment of alcoholism. However, scientists have yet to discover the specific brain make-up that poses a risk for alcoholism in some individuals and the brain make-up that increases the likelihood of drinking again after having stopped.
The Alcohol Research Center at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI-ARC) is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. P60 AA006420.