© 2013

Behavioral Neurobiology of Alcohol Addiction

  • Wolfgang H. Sommer
  • Rainer Spanagel

Part of the Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences book series (CTBN, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. David M. Lovinger, Marisa Roberto
    Pages 31-86
  3. Dorit Ron, Robert O. Messing
    Pages 87-126
  4. Gerald A. Deehan Jr., Mark S. Brodie, Zachary A. Rodd
    Pages 163-184
  5. John C. Crabbe, Kenneth S. Kendler, Robert J. Hitzemann
    Pages 187-221
  6. Ulrich S. Zimmermann, Sean O’Connor, Vijay A. Ramchandani
    Pages 315-353
  7. Rémi Martin-Fardon, Friedbert Weiss
    Pages 403-432
  8. Henrike Scholz, Julie A. Mustard
    Pages 433-457
  9. K. Charlet, A. Beck, A. Heinz
    Pages 461-488
  10. Reuben A. Hendler, Vijay A. Ramchandani, Jodi Gilman, Daniel W. Hommer
    Pages 489-509
  11. Selena Bartlett, Markus Heilig
    Pages 543-582
  12. Rainer Spanagel, Valentina Vengeliene
    Pages 583-609

About this book


The question of how alcohol alters mood states and why this may end up becoming an addiction has puzzled alcohol researchers for decades. In this volume, a group of highly distinguished experts and leaders in alcohol addiction research presents our current state of knowledge and remaining research challenges, as well as interesting viewpoints on future research directions aimed to stimulate communication and convergence between clinical and preclinical researchers, and to renew interest in the vibrant field of alcohol addiction research among a broad scientifically minded audience.

Five Current Topics are discussed in this volume: Neurobiological mechanisms of alcoholism, Genetics, Clinical phenotypes and their preclinical models, Brain imaging, and Translational approaches for treatment development, both pharmacological and non-pharmacological. These areas have in our opinion substantially brought alcohol research forward and influenced our thinking about how to reach our common paramount goal, namely to offer effective treatment solutions for an extensive group of patients with largely unmet medical needs.


Alcoholism Genetics Neuroimaging Pharmacotherapy Translational Research

Editors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang H. Sommer
    • 1
  • Rainer Spanagel
    • 2
  1. 1.Abt. PsychopharmakologieZentralinstitut für Seelische GesundheitMannheimGermany
  2. 2.Abt. PsychopharmakologieZentralinstitut für Seelische GesundheitMannheimGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Behavioral Neurobiology of Alcohol Addiction
  • Editors Wolfgang Sommer
    Rainer Spanagel
  • Series Title Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
  • Series Abbreviated Title Curr.Topics Behav.Neurosci.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-28719-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-51949-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-28720-6
  • Series ISSN 1866-3370
  • Series E-ISSN 1866-3389
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 727
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Neurosciences
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Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals


From the reviews:

“Wolfgang Sommer and Rainer Spanagel have gathered 24 articles that address alcohol addiction from a biological perspective. The book is divided into five sections, each of which presents a particular focus. … Many chapters of this volume are clearly written for the serious and knowledgeable researcher, in the esoteric languages of chemistry and neuroscience. … Several chapters offer more accessible language and concepts, and the final section, Part Five, offers the most useful information to nonresearchers.” (Andrew Nocita, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 58 (26), June, 2013)

“This book presents the current state of our knowledge and details the challenges in clinical and preclinical research into alcohol dependence and abuse. … intended audience includes readers familiar with both clinical and preclinical research in alcohol addiction. It is extremely useful for those who need to gain a better understanding of the available behavioral neurobiology research demonstrating biological and behavioral underpinnings of addiction as well as the rationale for current and future pharmacological interventions for this disease. … a welcome addition to most libraries.” (Michael Easton, Doody's Book Reviews, February, 2013)