Jack Leads To Coke: Alcohol Reshapes The Brain In Ways That Make Rats More Like To Become Cocaine Addicts
By Melissa Healy
Los Angeles Times The idea of a "gateway drug" may sound like a throwback to the "Just say no" era. But new research offers fresh evidence that alcohol and nicotine — two psychoactive agents that are legal, ubiquitous and widely used during adolescence — ease the path that leads from casual cocaine use to outright addiction.
Alcohol reshapes the brain in ways that make rats more likely to become cocaine addicts