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Alcohol Akin to Opiates

Two New York biochemists reported what they believe might be the long-sought scientific reason that alcohol can cause behavioral changes ranging from euphoria through drunkenness to hallucinations.

Drs. Michael Collins and Gerald Cohen said that the body probably converted alcohol through a series of complicated steps to substances chemically akin to morphine, peyote, and other opiates and hallucinogens.

If this is, in fact, the chemical action of alcohol on the brain, they said, it might eventually be possible to apply the knowledge to the treatment of chronic... Login to read more
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