Feasting in Göbekli Tepe; alcoholic beverages in the PPNA?

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?”

Consuming alcohol leads to epigenetic changes in brain memory centers

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”

Largest study of its kind finds alcohol use biggest risk factor for dementia

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”

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