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From the February 2019 magazine.

Alcoholism At Large

Reversing brain deficits caused by alcohol abuse  
Researchers have identified a drug that could potentially help our brains reboot and reverse the damaging impacts of heavy alcohol consumption on regeneration of brain cells. Their study in adult mice shows that two weeks of daily treatment with the drug tandospirone reversed the effects of 15 weeks of binge-like alcohol consumption on neurogenesis, which is the ability of the brain to grow and replace brain cells. 

“Other studies in mice have shown that tandospirone improves brain neurogenesis, but this is the first time it has been shown that it can totally reverse the neurogenic deficits induced by alcohol,” said Selena Bartlett from Queensland University of Technology’s Institute, who led the study. 

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