Drinking alcohol when the body’s stressed is natural, scientists have revealed. They say signals in the brain released by stress that makes our body calm, are the same as those given out after using alcohol, caffeine and drugs.
The brain tricks us into thinking alcohol is helping us – thereby pushing the drinker to come back for more. Scientists say that the signal passed on to the brain could lead to over-consumption of alcohol.
A team from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, who conducted the research found that rats when exposed to stress also indulged in more alcohol that those who don’t.
According to Chairman of Neurscience, Professor Dr. John Dani, “The stressed rats drank significantly more than controls, and the increase was maintained for several weeks.
The team is in search of ways to regulate the stress signals sent to the brain to help control excessive alcohol consumption.