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Wednesday, September 04, 2013
If you think alcohol makes you more charming in social situations, you may want to think again: Heavy drinking may impair the brain's ability to assess and respond to social cues like facial expressions, a new study suggests. In the study, people who drank alcohol and became intoxicated appeared to have disrupted communication between two brain areas that help interpret social cues.

The findings are preliminary but may suggest why alcohol intoxication is sometimes linked with aggression and social withdrawal, said study researcher K. Luan Phan, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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