In Rats, Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Cut Alcohol Intake

by Bidita Debnath on  May 7, 2013 at 11:55 PM Research News
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A new study has found that deep brain stimulation (DBS) in the form of high-frequency stimulation (HFS) of the nucleus accumbens shell (AcbSh) in alcoholic rats consistently reduced alcohol consumption.
 In Rats, Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Cut Alcohol Intake
In Rats, Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Cut Alcohol Intake

The finding suggests that the AcbSh could be a target in the future for surgical intervention of addiction.

In the study, researchers used alcohol-preferring (P) rats as an animal model for alcoholism, with the study assessing whether HFS of the AcbSh in P rats would affect their alcohol consumption.

For the study, rats underwent 10 weeks of daily one-hour access to EtOH to establish alcoholism.

The finding was revealed during the 81st American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting.

Source: ANI

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