Psychopharmacology 3e Chapter 10 Outline

Alcohol

 

Psychopharmacology of Alcohol

Alcohol has a long history of use
What is an alcohol and where does it come from?
The pharmacokinetics of alcohol determines its bioavailability
Chronic alcohol use leads to both tolerance and physical dependence
Alcohol affects many organ systems
Box 10.1 Pharmacology in Action The Role of Expectation in Alcohol-Enhanced Human Sexual Response

Neurochemical Effects of Alcohol

Animal models are vital for alcohol research
Alcohol acts on multiple neurotransmitters

Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)

Defining alcohol use disorder and estimating its incidence have proved difficult
The causes of alcohol use disorder are multimodal
Multiple treatment options provide hope for rehabilitation