Acute effects of alcohol on auditory brainstem potentials in humans

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Science  14 Jul 1978:
Vol. 201, Issue 4351, pp. 174-176
DOI: 10.1126/science.208148


Auditory brainstem potentials were recorded from human subjects before and after an intoxicating dose of alcohol. Following alcohol ingestion there were significant, progressive increases in the latencies of brainstem potential peaks III through VII. No changes in peak amplitudes were found. The results indicate that alcohol has a depressive effect on neural transmission within the primary auditory brainstem pathway.