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Exploring the relationship between alcohol and the brain

26 June 2018

STRATIFY is a brain scanning study looking at how the brain, genes, and different types of thought contribute to mental health. In particular we are interested in understanding the connections between lifestyle factors such as drinking and how it affects the brain. No alcohol will be consumed as part of this study.


  • Either drink 3 or more times per week or drink alcohol less than monthly
  • Between the ages of 18 and 25
  • Fluent in English
  • Of a white ethnic background (for genetic reasons)
  • Safe to go into an magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. This means no metal in the body that cannot be removed and not claustrophobic.
  • Happy to donate blood (for genetic analysis)
  • Able to travel to Southampton

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Ethical approval

This research has been reviewed and approved by the NHS research ethics committee and Southampton General Hospital's research and development office (REF:17/LO0552)

About the researcher

This project is being run by a small research team based at the University of Southampton.

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