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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Emergency Medicine

Advisor

Nancy Reid

Abstract

Alcohol abuse and dependency disorders are ubiquitous in American society and medicine. Substance abuse disorders are multifactorial in origin comprising of genetic, environmental, and psychiatric factors. Alcohol abuse disorders effectively “rewire” affected individuals mesolimbic and prefrontal cortex to participate in maladaptive behaviors related to alcohol abuse without regard to consequences. These maladaptive behaviors lead to profoundly negative alterations in the life and health of the addict. Emergency departments provide the ideal place to perform brief interventions and direct further care.

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