Effect of Alcohol on Tremors
Tremors are involuntary movements of a part or parts of the body that occur because of alternating contraction and relaxation of muscles. The causes behind most tremors are poorly understood.
Some studies suggest tremors could be caused by abnormalities in a particular area of the brain called the olivary nucleus. Researchers believe that the cells making up the olivary nucleus may be responsible for generating a central rhythm of the body and may therefore also be responsible for the generation of tremors.
Consumption of alcohol has been known to reduce tremors in some patients. Researchers believe that the alcohol may work directly on the cells of the olivary nucleus. As a result, researchers would like to determine the effects of alcohol on three different kinds of tremors (physiological, symptomatic palatal, and essential palatal).
|Study Design:||Primary Purpose: Treatment|
|Official Title:||Effect of Alcohol on Physiologic and Pathologic Tremors|
|Study Start Date:||January 1999|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||July 2002|
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00001925
|United States, Maryland|
|National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)|
|Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892|