What is it about?

Childhood adversity increases risk for negative health outcomes, including depression, problematic alcohol use, and disordered overeating. This paper examines if anhedonia, a core symptom of depression that reflects an inability to experience pleasure, is implicated in the relationship between adverse childhood experiences, alcohol use, and food addiction.

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Why is it important?

Our findings add to the literature suggesting that adverse childhood experiences increase risk for symptoms of alcohol use disorder and food addiction. Anhedonia specifically could be an important target for the prevention and treatment of problematic alcohol use in emerging, young adults.

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This page is a summary of: The role of anhedonia in the relationship between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), alcohol use disorder symptoms, and food addiction symptoms in a sample of emerging adults with histories of heavy drinking., Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, December 2023, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/pha0000703.
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