From an individual’s life experiences and preferences to the science of the human body, binge drinking can be caused by many varying factors. Recent neuroscientic research explains how different brain circuits play a factor in excessive drinking over short periods of time.

Studies have identified a connection between the extended amygdala and the ventral tegmental area and the effect it has towards alcohol consumption. The extended amygdala region of the brain has long been known to respond to the addictive components of alcohol or drugs. It has been found that this connection produces a substance named the Corticotropin Releasing Factor which influences the potential to binge drink. Because of these findings, researchers are able to explore future treatments that could prevent binge drinking and alcoholism.

To read the full article written by Christopher Bergland on Psychology Today, click here.