Alcohol: Effects on Neurobehavioral Functions and the Brain

Alcohol Brain DamageAlcoholism results from an interplay between genetic and environmental factors, and is linked to
brain defects and associated cognitive, emotional, and behavioral impairments. A confluence of
findings from neuroimaging, physiological, neuropathological, and neuropsychological studies of
alcoholics indicate that the frontal lobes, limbic system, and cerebellum are particularly vulnerable
to damage and dysfunction. An integrative approach employing a variety of neuroscientific
technologies is essential for recognizing the interconnectivity of the different functional systems
affected by alcoholism. In that way, relevant experimental techniques can be applied to assist in
determining the degree to which abstinence and treatment contribute to the reversal of atrophy and