Trauma Induces More Alcohol Craving Than Stress Among Veterans With PTSD and Co-occurring Alcohol Dependence
Alcohol dependence and post traumatic stress disorder are two of the most common disorders affecting American military veterans. They often occur together, but the relationship symptoms, cravings, and relapse rate are not very well understood.
A new study is exploring the effects of trauma and stress induced imagery have on alcohol cravings. During a three month period, researchers assessed the connection between disorder symptoms and drinking quantity and frequency.
When participants were exposed to neutral, stressful, and traumatic imagery in random order, the reactions included increased salivary cortisol, cardiovascular responses, cravings, anxiety, and mood changes. Both the stressful and traumatic imagery produces greater increase in…
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