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    DISCLAIMER: No medical advice please!

    I’ve finally had some time to read a bit of Under the Influence (outstanding book by the way) and there is a section that describes seratonin.

    The book states (pg. 38; paperback),

    “The brains of alcohol seeking mice and rats, for example, contain higher levels of seratonin than the brains of alcohol-avoiding animals. Further, drinking alcohol increases seratonin concentrations in the brains of the animals that show a preference for alcohol but not in those which avoid it.”

    Anti-depressants (S12 Step National MeetingsIs – selective seratonin reuptake inhibitors) increase the amount of seratonin levels in the brain.

    The reason I ask, is that I was hoping to solidify that fact that I’m an alcoholic by reading this book, but the more I read it, the more it’s convincing me I’m not an alcoholic, just a problem drinker. I’m not excited about not being an alcoholic because alcohol has really destroyed parts of my life – but I may respond more to psychological treatment than an alcoholic – iff (if and only if) I am not an alcoholic.

    I didn’t start drinking heavily until I started taking anti-depressants and that’s why I ask…I even postulated the correlation between the two before I knew the physiology behind it – that is what is so mind blowing to me.

    I’m very confused by a book that I thought would make things clear – instead it is muddying the waters.


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