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

April 28, 2018

'Communities That Care' Program Found Effective

Want to prevent kids from using drugs and make it stick into young adulthood? Get the community involved and intervene before they're teens, say researchers from the University of Washington.

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Posted at 08:26 AM to the category Prevention Efforts

March 26, 2018

Poverty, Stress a Factor in Overdose Deaths

Drug-related deaths have grown to be a major US public health problem over the past two decades. Between 2006 and 2015 there were more than 515,000 deaths from drug overdoses and other drug-related causes. The economic, social, and emotional tolls of these deaths are substantial, but some parts of the US are bearing heavier burdens than others. Evidence from the first national study of county-level differences suggests that addressing economic and social conditions will be key to reversing the rising tide of drug deaths, reports the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Posted at 04:21 PM to the category Substance Abuse

March 21, 2018

Alcohol Biggest Risk for Dementia

Alcohol use disorders are the most important preventable risk factors for the onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia. This according to a nationwide observational study, published in The Lancet Public Health journal, of over one million adults diagnosed with dementia in France.

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Posted at 06:27 AM to the category Alcohol Effects