August 16, 2017

Early Brain Injury Linked to Alcoholism

Researchers at Ohio State University have surveyed previous studies to investigate the relationship between traumatic brain injuries and alcohol abuse. They found evidence that traumatic brain injuries in children and adolescents could be a risk-factor for alcohol abuse in later life.

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Posted at 07:51 AM to the category Alcoholism

August 15, 2017

Intoxication Increases Risk of Domestic Violence

Intoxicated, heavy drinkers have a tendency to act rashly in response to negative emotions, which can intensify the risk for intimate partner aggression, according to a study by Georgia State University and Purdue University.

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Posted at 12:02 AM to the category Alcohol Effects

August 14, 2017

Quitting Smoking More Difficult for Some

Psychologists are finding some success with treatments aimed at helping smokers from underserved groups, including racial and ethnic minorities and those with psychiatric disorders.

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Posted at 03:45 AM to the category Tobacco

12 Steps Improve Youth Treatment Outcomes

A treatment program for adolescents with substance-use disorder that incorporates the practices and philosophy of 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) produced even better results than the current state-of-the art treatment approach in a nine-month, randomized trial.

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Posted at 03:40 AM to the category Treatment Research

Teen Binge Drinking Affects Cognitive Skills

Drinking alcohol, is a well-engrained and long-standing social habit in many countries around the world, even though the fact that alcohol has an impact on one's health is largely established, especially when it comes to heavy drinking.

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Posted at 03:35 AM to the category Underage Drinking

Alcohol Increases Risk of Digestive Cancers

Citizens across the EU are consuming an average of two alcoholic drinks per day, placing drinkers at a 21% increased risk of developing colorectal cancer, in addition to other digestive cancers, a report finds.

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Posted at 03:29 AM to the category Alcohol Effects

Legal Marijuana Laws Affect Teen Use

A study by researchers at Dartmouth has found that adolescents living in medical marijuana states with a plethora of dispensaries are more likely to have tried new methods of cannabis use, such as edibles and vaping, at a younger age than those living in states with fewer dispensaries. The study will appear in the August issue of Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

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Posted at 03:27 AM to the category Effects of Marijuana

Binge Drinking Linked to High Glucose Levels

Regular high alcohol consumption and binge drinking from age 16 is associated with higher glucose concentrations in women's blood - an important risk factor for type 2 diabetes - later in life, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Public Health.

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Posted at 03:25 AM to the category Alcohol Effects

Alcohol's Health Benefits Overstated?

The benefits of light alcohol consumption, as well as the risks associated with not drinking at all, might not be as great as previously thought, according to Penn State researchers who examined the drinking habits of middle-aged adults.

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Posted at 03:23 AM to the category Alcohol Effects

Aggression Linked to Risk of Substance Abuse

People who have trouble controlling their anger are more likely to abuse alcohol and other substances. Those who display frequent aggressive behavior are at five times greater risk for abusing alcohol, tobacco and marijuana.

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Posted at 03:21 AM to the category Substance Abuse

Strong Policies Lower Drunk Driving Deaths

Stronger alcohol policies protect young people from dying in crashes caused by drunk driving according to researchers at Boston Medical Center. The study, which is published online in the journal Pediatrics, supports the importance of comprehensive alcohol control policies to reduce the number of young people who die in alcohol-related crashes.

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Posted at 03:19 AM to the category Drunk Driving

Trusting Counselor Vital to Treatment Success

A positive, trusting relationship between counselor and patient, known as a "therapeutic alliance," can be key to successful treatment of alcohol use disorder, a study finds. Gerard Connors, PhD, senior research scientist at the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions, studied more than five dozen people engaging in a 12-week program of cognitive behavior therapy for alcohol use disorder.

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Posted at 03:15 AM to the category Treatment Research

Binge Drinking Quickly Leads to Liver Disease

Alcohol consumed during just seven weeks of intermittent binge drinking harms the liver in ways that more moderate daily drinking does not, according to researchers at UC San Francisco. The scientists discovered that just 21 binge drinking sessions were enough to cause symptoms of early-stage liver disease.

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Posted at 03:10 AM to the category Alcohol Effects

119,000 Children With FAS Born Each Year

Worldwide, an estimated 119,000 children are born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) each year, a new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) shows. The study, published in The Lancet Global Health, provides the first-ever estimates of the proportion of women who drink during pregnancy, as well as estimates of FAS by country, World Health Organization (WHO) region and worldwide.

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Posted at 03:08 AM to the category Women and Substance Abuse

Ignition Interlock Devices Reduce Fatal Crashes

State laws requiring ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders appear to reduce the number of fatal drunk driving crashes, a new study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Colorado School of Public Health researchers suggests.

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Posted at 03:06 AM to the category Drunk Driving