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High levels of cortisol in recovery from alcohol increases risk of relapse

Researchers found that the elevated presence of the hormone decreases the patient's ability to engage with treatment

 
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Chronic alcoholics have a high level of cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal gland in response to stress
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Chronic alcoholics have a high level of cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal gland in response to stress

Scientists at the University of Liverpool, UK, found that high levels of a stress hormone in recovering alcoholics may increase the risk of relapse. The study showed that cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal gland in response to stress, is found at high levels in chronic alcoholics, and those recovering from illness. The researchers found that this could result in loss of memory, attention and decision making, which could decrease the patient's ability to engage with treatment.

Chronic alcoholism is a debilitating disease characterized by compulsive and uncontrolled consumption of alcohol despite the negative effects it has on health, relationships and social status. Alcohol causes damage to almost all body organs including the brain, which causes memory loss and impairs decision making and attention.

Cortisol has an important role in regulating emotion, learning, attention, energy use and the immune system. Research has shown that high levels of this hormone are present in alcoholic patients and remain elevated during alcohol withdrawal, even after long periods of abstinence.

"Both drinking and alcohol withdrawal can affect the function of cortisol in humans. Cortisol dysfunction, including elevated cortisol levels observed during abstinence from alcohol, may contribute to high relapse rates reported in alcohol dependence, even after many months of abstinence. Drugs targeting the effects of cortisol in the brain can reduce the chances of relapse and reduce the cognitive impairments that interfere with treatment, "explained study author, Abi Rose.

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