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In Rats, Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Cut Alcohol Intake

by Bidita Debnath on May 7, 2013 at 11:55 PM
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 In Rats, Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Cut Alcohol Intake

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.

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

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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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