January 19, 2019

Fears Over Naltrexone Unfounded, Study Finds

Fears over a drug that can be used to treat alcohol addiction are unfounded, according to its first ever systematic review, led by academics at The University of Manchester. Though the study found no evidence of any serious side effects linked to Naltrexone, many doctors hold back from prescribing the drug, often citing liver toxicity as a reason.

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Posted at 11:17 AM to the category Treatment Research

December 22, 2018

Alcohol Frequently Considered Migraine Trigger

In a European Journal of Neurology study of 2,197 patients who experience migraines, alcoholic beverages were reported as a trigger by 35.6 percent of participants.

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Posted at 01:36 AM to the category Alcohol Effects

December 19, 2018

ACOAs More Likely to Marry Alcoholics

Children of parents who have alcohol use disorder are more likely to get married under the age of 25, less likely to get married later in life, and more likely to marry a person who has alcohol use disorder themselves, according to a new study by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Lund University in Sweden.

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Posted at 04:00 AM to the category Alcoholism

November 21, 2018

Seniors are Drinking More, Not Less

Just as the population of older adults is increasing worldwide, so too is the number of older adults who consume alcohol. Older adults are more sensitive to the adverse effects of alcohol due to age-related health impairment and physiological changes in metabolism and body composition.

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Posted at 04:52 AM to the category Alcoholism

October 11, 2018

New Med Reduces Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Lofexidine, the first medication for use in reducing symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal in adults, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Lofexidine, an oral tablet, is designed to manage the symptoms patients often experience during opioid discontinuation.

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Posted at 06:08 PM to the category Treatment Research

October 08, 2018

Even Light Drinking Increases Risk of Death

Drinking a daily glass of wine for health reasons may not be so healthy after all, suggests a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Analyzing data from more than 400,000 people ages 18 to 85, the researchers found that consuming one to two drinks four or more times per week -- an amount deemed healthy by current guidelines -- increases the risk of premature death by 20 percent, compared with drinking three times a week or less. The increased risk of death was consistent across age groups.

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Posted at 07:53 AM to the category Alcohol Effects

August 27, 2018

Study: No Safe Level of Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol is a leading risk factor for death and disease worldwide, and is associated with nearly one in 10 deaths in people aged 15-49 years old, according to a Global Burden of Disease study published in The Lancet that estimates levels of alcohol use and health effects in 195 countries between 1990 to 2016.

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Posted at 08:30 AM to the category Alcohol Effects

August 23, 2018

Teen Drinking Linked to Increased Prostate Cancer Risk

Compared with non-drinkers, men who consumed at least seven drinks per week during adolescence (ages 15-19) had three times the odds of being diagnosed with clinically significant prostate cancer.

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Posted at 12:50 PM to the category Underage Drinking

August 22, 2018

Illicit Drug Use Higher Than HHS Estimates

America's drug problem may be even worse than officials realize. And illicit drugs are consumed at a higher rate during celebratory events. Those are just two of the conclusions scientists have drawn from recent studies of drug residues in sewage.

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Posted at 03:21 AM to the category Substance Abuse

August 13, 2018

Alcohol Can Help Beat Cocaine Addiction

Exercise can help prevent relapses into cocaine addiction, according to new research led by the University at Buffalo's Panayotis (Peter) Thanos, PhD.

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Posted at 04:35 PM to the category Treatment Research

August 09, 2018

Higher Alcohol Taxes Can Reduce Harm

Increasing taxes on alcohol is one of the most cost-effective methods of reducing the harms caused by alcohol consumption, according to research in the new issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

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Posted at 04:31 PM to the category Prevention Efforts

July 20, 2018

Adolescent Binge Drinking Impairs Working Memory

A new study from researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center found that binge drinking impairs working memory in the adolescent brain. The study explains why teenagers who binge drink are 15 times more likely to become alcoholics during adulthood.

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Posted at 04:23 PM to the category Underage Drinking

May 16, 2018

Lucemyra Reduces Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Lofexidine, the first medication for use in reducing symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal in adults, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Lofexidine, an oral tablet, is designed to manage the symptoms patients often experience during opioid discontinuation.

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Posted at 08:05 PM to the category Treatment Research

Barriers to Getting Substance Abuse Treatment

For patients with substance use disorders seen in the emergency department or doctor's office, locating and accessing appropriate treatment all too often poses difficult challenges, according to a study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

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Posted at 08:39 AM to the category Treatment Research

May 04, 2018

Alcohol-Related Cirrhosis More Serious

Alcohol-related cirrhosis patients are sicker, costlier and often female. More than one-third of cirrhosis cases are related to alcohol, a seven-year national study of more than 100 million privately insured people has found.

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Posted at 08:41 AM to the category Women and Substance Abuse