Research Program:
Alcohol Effects on Your Brain
Join a University of Maryland compensated research program investigating the effects of regular alcohol use.
Baltimore, MD
Compensation Provided
Frequent Alcohol Consumption
Able to do an MRI Scan
25 years and Older
Fast Facts
About this research study
The brain is responsible for a person's mental activity and the frequent consumption of alcoholic beverages can cause irreversible changes to occur.

The University of Maryland is running a 6-week compensated research study to investigate whether a common antibiotic (minocycline) can help reduce brain inflammation and improve brain functioning in adults who regularly consume alcohol.

Participants will have two brain imaging scans to measure levels of inflammation 4 weeks apart. In between these scans, participants will be asked to take a medication, minocycline or placebo, to evaluate its effects on brain inflammation and cognitive function.
Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
To investigate whether a common antibiotic (minocycline) can help reduce brain inflammation and improve brain function in adults who regularly consume alcohol.
Is this study for me?
If you meet the following criteria, you may be able to participate in the study.

Criteria:
- You are 25 and older
- You frequently consume alcohol (Moderate to Heavy Drinker)
- You are able to attend visits at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center in Catonsville, MD
How long would I take part in this research?
Your participation in this study will be 6 weeks.
What will happen if I participate in the study?
This study will involve up to 7 visits to the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center in Catonsville, MD. Visits will include reviewing your general health, answering questionnaires, and conducting additional medical examinations. Participants will undergo magnetic resonance brain imaging (MRI) before and after taking the antibiotic minocycline or placebo for 4 weeks.
Will I be paid for being in this research study?
Participants will be compensated for their participation.
Will it cost me anything to participate in this study?
There will be no cost to you to participate in the study. All study visits, transportation, and medication are provided at no cost.