Alcohol and caffeine have nearly opposite effects on behavior and the nervous system, yet these substances are not used to treat overdose or addiction to the other. Why not use caffeine to treat alcohol addiction? Analyze the issues of pharmacological and physiological antagonism. Explain the receptor systems involved and the central nervous system structures effects with regard to this question. Frame your analysis in terms of drug action first and other consequences second.

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Advokat, C. D., Comaty, J. E., & Julien, R. M. (2014). Julien’s primer of drug action: A comprehensive guide to the actions, uses, and side effects of psychoactive drugs (13th ed.). New York, NY: Worth Publishers.

  • Chapter 4: Epidemiology and Neurobiology of Addiction.
  • Chapter 5: Ethyl Alcohol and the Inhalants of Abuse
  • Chapter 6: Caffeine and Nicotine

Articles

Macluluch, A. M. J., Anand, A., Davis, D. H. J., Jackson, T., Barugh, A. J., Hall, R. J., Ferguson, K. J., …Cunningham, C. (2013). New horizons in the pathogenesis, assessment and management of delirium. Age and Aging, 42(6), 667-674. doi: 10.1093/ageing/aft148

  • The full-text version of this article can be accessed through the PubMed Central database in the Ashford University Library. This author of this article examines the cause, management, and treatment of delirium.

Ridley, N. J., Draper, B., & Withall, A. (2013). Alcohol-related dementia: An update of the evidence. Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy, 5(1), 3-11. doi: 10.1186/alzrt157

  • The full-text version of this article can be accessed through the PubMed Central database in the Ashford University Library. This author of this article examines the cause, management, and treatment of delirium.

 
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