Hormone in the body may contribute to alcohol abuse

Can a hormone produced by our own bodies increase our risk of alcoholism?
Possibly, according to a new study led by scientists at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of the National Institutes of Health. The study shows that aldosterone, a hormone produced in the adrenal glands, may contribute to alcohol use disorder. The research appears in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

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Millions of Americans will be driving for Independence Day. Police will be watching for drunk drivers.

Holiday travel, combined with holiday drinking, results in hundreds of deaths and injuries every Fourth of July weekend.
Over the four-day-long weekend alone, the National Safety Council estimates that nearly 600 deaths and 66,900 injuries requiring medical attention may occur because of crashes. Experts and law enforcement officials say drunk drivers may be a big contributor.