The Blink of an Eye May Predict Risk for Alcohol Problems

The startle response, often recorded as an eye-blink reflex, is a defensive measure believed to reflect emotional processing. Patients with alcohol use disorders (AUDs) show abnormal startle-reflex responses to alcohol-related stimuli. This study examined startle-reflex responses to various visual stimuli among heavy drinkers, and assessed whether certain patterns predict the development of AUDs four years later.

from Newswise Feature Channel: Addiction http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/674367/?sc=c125

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