Researchers at the University of Adelaide set out to probe the connection between oxytocin development and addiction, including how and why oxytocin levels vary so much between individuals, plus how the different levels affect health.
Published in Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, their research shows a correlation between low levels of oxytocin and the presence of addiction risk factors. According to the data surveyed during their research, risk factors appeared in children as young as 4 years of age. Researchers concluded that when oxytocin development is not hindered, it makes drug and alcohol use less pleasurable and reduces stress. If the hormone does not develop as successfully, individuals may be more vulnerable to drug and alcohol addiction.
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