Volume 87 Issue 27 | p. 25 | Concentrates
Issue Date: July 6, 2009

Hormone Enhances Alcohol's Allure

Ghrelin not only increases appetite for food, it also stimulates the desire to have a drink
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: alcoholism, ghrelin

Ghrelin, the hormone known for eliciting hunger, also has a dark side: It increases the desire for alcohol, at least in mice, according to a newly published study (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0812809106). Elisabet Jerlhag of the University of Göteborg, in Sweden, and colleagues report that mice dosed with ghrelin drank more alcohol than normal. And when the team administered a compound that blocks the ghrelin receptor, the mice . . .

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