By: Shellie Herdan

The study of alcoholism shows us the connection of brain and behavior. The input of alcohol into the body and the brain produces many outputs in behavior. Some examples of output are impairment in judgement, impairment in driving ability, emotional reaction, over reaction, slowed behavior. The changes in behavior(output) are created by the influence of the chemicals in alcohol on the neurotransmitters and neurons.

Please use the following links, the World Wide Web, and search engines on the Web to explore the subject of Alcoholism and answer the questions. When you are finished you may click answers in the Links and check your answers.

Questions to Answer

  1. What are the long term effects of alcohol?
  2. What neurotransmitters are affected by alcohol?
  3. What are different treatment plans for alcoholics?
  4. Do the brain of alcoholics show abnormalities?
  5. What are some abnormalities that the brain of alcoholics show?
  6. What are two main reasons for alcohol addiction?
  7. What is a Type I and a Type II alcoholic?
  8. a.Alcoholism is a disease, b.Alcoholism is rooted in the environment,c.Both Which of the above is true?
  9. Alcoholism is an addiction. TRUE or FALSE
  10. The Classic Stages of Addiction are: a.initial effect-rush of pleasure,pleasant mood,increased well being; b.tolerance--more drugs needed; c.physical dependence and emergence of withdrawal symptoms. True or False


Did I Do It?

Alcoholism-it's effects

Neurobiological Mechanism for Alcoholism

Comparison of Two Types of Treatment for Alcoholism

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Alcoholism Home Page Alcoholism