In this post we present selected parts of the very interesting paper titled “The role of cult and feasting in the emergence of Neolithic communities. New evidence from Göbekli Tepe, south-eastern Turkey“, by Oliver Dietrich, Manfred Heun, Jens Notroff, Klaus Schmidt & Martin Zarnkow, 2012. Continue reading “Feasting in Göbekli Tepe; alcoholic beverages in the PPNA?”
Triggers in everyday life such as running into a former drinking buddy, walking by a once-familiar bar, and attending social gatherings can all cause recovering alcoholics to “fall off the wagon.” About 40 to 60 percent of people who have gone through treatment for substance abuse will experience some kind of relapse, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. But what drives the biology behind these cravings has remained largely unknown. Continue reading “Consuming alcohol leads to epigenetic changes in brain memory centers”
This article is a summary of information on the exciting discovery of alcoholic production (including beer) in prehistoric China. Continue reading “Alcoholic beverages in China 9,000 years ago”
New research published in Depression and Anxietyindicates that, unlike other anxiety disorders, social anxiety disorder may have a direct effect on alcoholism. Continue reading “Social anxiety disorder may increase risk of alcoholism”
The developmental period from adolescence to adulthood is accompanied by a greater vulnerability to addictions — including alcohol use disorders — than is seen in other periods of life.
Alcohol use disorders are the most important preventable risk factors for the onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia. This according to a nationwide observational study, published in The Lancet Public Health journal, of over one million adults diagnosed with dementia in France. Continue reading “Largest study of its kind finds alcohol use biggest risk factor for dementia”
While a couple of glasses of wine can help clear the mind after a busy day, new research shows that it may actually help clean the mind as well. The new study, which appears in the journal Scientific Reports, shows that low levels of alcohol consumption tamp down inflammation and helps the brain clear away toxins, including those associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading “Low levels of alcohol good for the brain, study shows”