Alcoholics should avoid excessive physical and psychological stress during early abstinence
- The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis defends against stress, starvation and illnesses.
- A new study shows "stunned" adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and cortisol secretion among alcoholic patients, reflecting changes in the HPA axis.
- Scientists recommend that alcoholics avoid excessive stress – both physical and psychological – during early abstinence.
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