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Learn about the science behind alcoholism

If you’ve ever wondered how much alcohol is too much, or how alcohol addiction takes place, join the President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (PACSW) for a special event next Tuesday, April 30.

Frederic Hopf, Ph.D., associate professor of neurology at the UCSF Alcohol and Addiction Research Group, will present “Where do harmful drinking urges come from?”

Dr. Hopf will discuss the pros and cons of moderate drinking, as well as the psychological mechanisms behind alcoholism. Get a better understanding of the science behind addiction and safe levels of drinking, according to the latest research.

Where do harmful drinking urges come from?

Tuesday, April 30 from 12 to 1 p.m.
Franklin 5320
Zoom audio: (408) 638-0968 (*4 at UCOP) or (510) 987-0844
Zoom video

Alcohol research at UC

  • Alcoholism remains a pernicious and widespread public health challenge, costing more than a quarter trillion dollars and 80,000 preventable deaths in the U.S. each year.
  • Compulsive drinking, despite negative consequences, is a key hallmark of addiction. Researchers are working to determine whether alcohol use may cause molecular changes that lead to continued cravings, as well as how these cravings overpower knowledge of alcohol’s negative effects.
  • Addiction brain circuits are central for anxiety, OCD and other disorders, as well as adaptive states such as emotional awareness. Researchers are working to identify new drug and behavioral therapies that may help people counteract cravings while restoring their mental and emotional balance.

Questions? Contact Alina Tejera.

The President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (PACSW) advances an agenda to improve the climate and opportunities for women at UCOP. Learn more.

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