Alcohol Effects on Brain-Stimulation Reward: Blood Alcohol Concentration and Site Specificity

  • Michael J. Lewis


Ethanol produces pleasant subjective effects for many who consume alcoholic beverages. There is little doubt that these effects reinforce drinking of alcoholic beverages, play a significant role in alcohol abuse and may contribute significantly to the development of alcohol dependence. There are, however, different views about the nature of the reinforcing effects that ethanol produces. Anxiety or stress reduction has frequently been suggested as an important effect of ethanol. The anxiolytic actions of ethanol have been demonstrated experimentally employing anticonflict tests (Dalterio et al., 1988; Koob et al., 1984).


Nucleus Accumbens Lateral Hypothalamus Blood Alcohol Concentration Alcohol Effect Brain Stimulation Reward 
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