Neuroimmune Genes and Alcohol Drinking Behavior

  • R. Adron Harris
  • Yuri A. Blednov


Alcoholism (alcohol dependence) is one of the most expensive (more than $185 billion/year for the USA) and damaging chronic diseases. Treatment options are limited (there are only three FDA-approved drugs for alcohol dependence), and there is a high rate of relapse for all treatments. Emerging results suggest that the cytokine responses to alcohol (perhaps via endotoxins) promote persistent and excessive alcohol consumption, which may in turn promote further inflammatory responses, producing a positive feedback loop which that spirals out of control. Although there is considerable effort to develop pharmacotherapies to reduce alcohol consumption, craving, and relapse, most are directed at “traditional” targets involved in synaptic transmission. Neuroinflammatory pathways in brain (and other organs) may be unexplored targets for medication development to reduce excessive alcohol consumption and prevent relapse.


Alcohol Consumption Alcohol Dependence Recombinant Inbred Excessive Alcohol Consumption Reduce Alcohol Consumption 
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This research was supported by grants from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to the INIA West Consortium (AA13520, AA06399).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction ResearchUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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