Acetaldehyde: A Positive Reinforcer Mediating Ethanol Consumption

  • Z. Amit
  • Z. W. Brown
  • G. E. Rockman
  • B. Smith
  • S. Amir
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 126)


Increased interest has developed in recent years in the biochemical pharmacology of acetaldehyde, the oxidation product of ethanol, and in the role it may play in ethanol intoxication and the development of tolerance to and physical dependence on ethanol (Rahwan, 1974, 1975; Truitt and Walsh, 1971). However, little attention has been directed towards the possibility that acetaldehyde may play a role in the voluntary consumption of ethanol.


Ethanol Consumption Ethanol Intake Ethanol Oxidation ALDH Activity Biochemical Pharmacology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Z. Amit
    • 1
  • Z. W. Brown
    • 1
  • G. E. Rockman
    • 1
  • B. Smith
    • 1
  • S. Amir
    • 1
  1. 1.Center For Research on Drug Dependence, Department of PsychologyConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada

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