Alcohol induced endorphins explained

The study, by researchers at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at the University of California and published in Science Translational Medicine, marked the first time endorphin release in the nucleus accumbens and orbitofrontal cortex in response to alcohol consumption had been directly observed in humans.

Lead author and Gallo Center clinical project director Professor Jennifer Mitchell (PhD) said the research provided the first direct evidence of how alcohol made people “feel good”.

Researchers used PET imaging to observe the