Clinical Trial

Nicotinic Receptor Genetic Variation and Alcohol Reward

Study Description

Nicotinic Receptor Genetic Variation and Alcohol Reward

Background: People with the brain disease AUD (alcohol use disorder) have a serious problem with drinking. Researchers want to study how different people react to alcohol, and how genes affect this. They will focus on a nicotine receptor gene that may increase a person s AUD risk. Objectives: To see if people with variations of a nicotine receptor gene take alcohol differently and have different brain responses to alcohol cues. Eligibility: Healthy adults ages 21 - 60. This study includes smokers and non-smokers. Design: Participants will be screened under another protocol. Participants will have three 9-hour visits. They must have no alcohol or non-prescription drugs before all visits and no food or drink before 2 visits. At every visit, participants will: - Get a light meal - Have breath and urine tests - Get taxi rides there and back At visits 1 and 3, participants will: - Have a thin plastic tube inserted in an arm and connected to a pump for alcohol infusion. - Have sensors on their chest to monitor heart rate. - Sit in a chair for 2.5 hours and get alcohol by pushing a button. Their breath alcohol level will be monitored. - Answer questions about mood and effects of alcohol - Give blood samples - Relax at the clinic while their breath alcohol level drops At visit 2, participants will: - Answer questions and do computer tests - Have an alcoholic drink and a snack - Have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. They will lie in a machine that takes pictures of the brain. They will do computer tasks. - Have another drink and snack - Relax until their alcohol level drops Participants will have a follow-up call after each visit.


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Pharmaceutical medication involved Pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Drug - Alcohol (Oral)

Oral Self-administration

Drug - Alcohol (IV)

IV Self-administration

Drug - Alcohol (Ethanol)

IV and Oral Self-administration

Additional Information

Official Study Title

Nicotinic Receptor Genetic Variation and Alcohol Reward

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