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Some people aren’t capable of identifying when they’ve had enough to drink. Consequently, they drink way too much.

A UC Santa Barbara study found a brain mechanism that senses the negative effects of alcohol, like headaches and dizziness. It alerts us to these effects and helps to control the urge to drink.

When it doesn’t function properly, we can’t tell when we’ve had enough. Consequently, we continue drinking.

This research says some people aren’t made aware of the intoxicating effects of alcohol. As a result, they drink more than they should.


Campbell, R., Domingo, R., et al. (2019, February 8). Increased alcohol-drinking induced by manipulations of mGlu5 phosphorylation within the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis.

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is a staff writer at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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