Booze in the Brain: Donita Robinson on Addiction


Singers Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston both had serious alcohol problems. How do people we admire and care about get swallowed up by addiction? We go straight to the source of the problem: the brain. Dr. Donita Robinson gives us a tour of the brain activity underlying our craving for food, sex and drugs. Then she explains how alcohol affects us in the short and long term. From there we delve into the fascinating world of her research in rats–research that tells us about teenagers, the drug treatments of the future, and much more.

Download the podcast here and download the transcript here.

  • Tim Gallico

    What an engaging and insightful interview. Didn’t expect rat research to be interesting! Nice podcast, will have to check out more episodes.