Social Drinkers can contribute to important addiction research
Monash University researchers are currently conducting a world-first study examining how the brain and thinking skills are changed in people who develop an addiction to alcohol.
Monash University researcher and Turning Point Director Professor Dan Lubman said that examining how the brain changes is critical to developing more effective treatments for addiction.
Professor Lubman also said that social drinkers can play an important role in helping Monash University researchers to make a scientific breakthrough.
“The festive season brings many over-indulgences, one of which is alcohol. However, the majority of people who drink can successfully reduce their alcohol use now that the Christmas period is over.”
“We are looking at the way the brain works to control drinking, and are looking to recruit participants who are able to continue to drink alcohol without developing problems.”
This final phase of the study is looking to recruit people drinking at least weekly, aged between 18-50 years old.
Participants will complete a series of thinking tasks while undertaking a state-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance Imaging brain scan in Clayton, Melbourne.
The assessment will take a total of 3-4 hours to complete, with participants reimbursed for their time.