Low levels of brain chemical drives mice to drinkBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7172.1544b (Published 05 December 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1544
- Matt Cockerill
New animal research, published last week, may help to explain why some individuals crave alcohol more than others. Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle have found a causative link between the level of a particular molecule in a mouse's brain and the drinking habits of the mouse.
The molecule involved--neuropeptide Y--has already attracted the attention of drug companies because of its suspected effects on appetite and anxiety. But these new findings will draw extra …