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New Insights into Adolescents', Females' Susceptibility to Alcohol's Effects

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Effects of Alcohol

Studies with rats have revealed that adolescents and female adults show less sensitivity to the sedative effects of alcohol than do adult males, according to scientists at Duke University Medical Center. They said the animals are similar enough to humans that their findings offer significant insight into how the human brain may react to alcohol. For example, they said, their findings may help to explain why adolescents under the influence of alcohol may be more likely to engage in risky behavior -- they are less sedated. Also, said the researchers, their findings may help explain why women are less likely to become addicted to alcohol.

Particularly interesting, the researchers said, is that the sex differences appear to extend to the cellular level