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Substance abuse is a disease of the human brain: focus on alcohol.
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PMID:  21105937     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Alcohol and substance abuse are prevalent in our society. Advances in neuroscience have led to a clearer understanding of the effects of abused substances on the brain. Clues are now available regarding how a person goes from a "user" to being addicted based on brain chemistry, anatomy, and genetic risk. During this process the person loses at least partial, if not complete, control, over their compulsive substance use. This article attempts to put modern notions of alcohol and substance abuse and dependency into a societal and cultural context with the hope of reducing the stigma of this illness while shifting the focus a bit more away from criminal solutions to those offered by health care and treatment options.
Raymond Anton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of law, medicine & ethics : a journal of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics     Volume:  38     ISSN:  1748-720X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Law Med Ethics     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9315583     Medline TA:  J Law Med Ethics     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  735-44     Citation Subset:  T    
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© 2010 American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Inc.
Medical University of South Carolina, USA.
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