MRI & Alcohol
Research Study
The University of Pennsylvania is looking for regular drinkers to participate in a non-treatment MRI research study.
Compensation Provided
Drink Alcohol Regularly
Able to do an MRI Scan
21 - 65 Years Old
Fast Facts
About Our Research Study
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania intend to evaluate the effects of ketone ester on the consumption of alcohol and brain function.
Ketone ester is a type of sports drink that increases an energy source in your body called ketone bodies. The ketone ester drink has been used regularly for endurance sporters. Ketone bodies are normally produced by your liver when you fast several days. They put your body in a state called “metabolic ketosis” in which the body and brain use ketone bodies instead of glucose as an energy source.

Our study will test whether the ketone ester, when compared to an inactive placebo helps people to
reduce their drinking.
Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
This non-treatment research study is being done to understand whether ketone ester can positively affect brain function and alcohol consumption in regular drinkers.
Is this study for me?
You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria.

Key Criteria:
  • Adults ages 21-65
  • Currently drinking on a regular basis
  • Willing to complete 2 MRI scans
What will happen if I participate in the study?
This is a study involving MRIs, blood draws and 2 in-person, full-day visits.
Will I be paid for being in this research study?
You will be compensated for your participation.

Study Payment Schedule:
  • Screening visit: $90
  • Lab visit 1: $170
  • Bonus for lab 1 assessments: $24
  • Lab visit 2: $220
  • Bonus for lab 2 assessments: $24
Total Compensation: $443

*Note: these are the maximum payments for each visit. Total compensation ranges from $428-$443
Will it cost me anything to participate in this study?
There is no cost for you to participate in this research program.