Alcohol Abuse

‘Higher’ Education: Going Back to School Sober

‘Higher’ Education: Going Back to School Sober

Posted on July 29th, 2014

For many young people, going away to college is a rite of passage that involves monumental changes and freedom to make choices for perhaps the first time in their lives. Most parents and students take for granted that substances, while not on the curriculum, are an anticipated part of the campus experience. Since many parents of today’s college students grew up in the 1960s and 70s – a time when drug culture thrived – parents may “normalize” drug use and overlook the importance of having a conversation with their children about making responsible decisions regarding drugs and alcohol.

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Classic ‘Man’s Man’ Likely to Drink More, Study Finds

Classic ‘Man’s Man’ Likely to Drink More, Study Finds

Posted on July 2nd, 2014

Masculinity is a general term for the personal and social attributes attributed to teenage boys and men. As is true with other societies throughout the world, many young men in the U.S. feel the need to fulfill common social expectations for masculine behavior. In a study published in May 2014 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, researchers from Canada’s University of Western Ontario examined the impact that a classically masculine outlook has on the beliefs that young men hold about alcohol use, in addition to examining masculinity’s impact on the odds of participating in heavy episodic drinking, also known as binge drinking.

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Alcohol Use Disorder Linked to Early Death

Alcohol Use Disorder Linked to Early Death

Posted on May 23rd, 2014

Alcohol use disorder is a mental health diagnosis established in 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association as a replacement for the independent diagnosis of alcoholism and non-addicted alcohol abuse. Doctors and public health officials are keenly aware of the fact that the presence of this disorder has widespread negative effects on the lives of affected individuals. In a study published in April 2014 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, researchers from five nations used information from a U.S.-based project called the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC) to assess the society-wide health impacts of alcohol use disorder throughout America.

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Can You Enjoy Memorial Day Without Drinking?

Can You Enjoy Memorial Day Without Drinking?

Posted on May 22nd, 2014

Do you remember last Memorial Day? The weather was perfect. And there you were, down by the beach, enjoying the smell of chicken on the barbeque, fresh air and salt water. You could hear joyful sounds… food sizzling on the grill… loud music… the laughter of children… the roar of a jet ski. Family and friends were all around, anticipating an enjoyable day of good food, good people, fun and relaxation.

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Binge Drinking Reduces Impulse Control, Increases Risky Sex Behavior

Binge Drinking Reduces Impulse Control, Increases Risky Sex Behavior

Posted on May 22nd, 2014

Binge drinking is a common form of problematic alcohol consumption in the U.S., especially among young adults. Public health officials are well aware that people who engage in this practice have significantly increased chances of participating in risky, unplanned sexual conduct. In a study published in April 2014 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, a team of British and Australian researchers sought to clarify the reasons young adult binge drinkers have these elevated risks. These researchers concluded that binge drinking-related changes in impulse control and decision-making largely account for the connection to risky sexual behavior.

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Young Adults With High Social Status Drink More

Young Adults With High Social Status Drink More

Posted on May 13th, 2014

Social scientists and public health officials are well aware that an individual’s social status has an impact on how he or she feels about alcohol use, as well as on how much alcohol he or she consumes. In a study published in April 2014 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, a team of American, Canadian and Australian researchers explored the impact of social status within young adult peer groups on the amount of alcohol various members of those groups consume during a night of drinking in bars and similar locations.

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What Explains the Link Between PTSD and Alcohol Problems?

What Explains the Link Between PTSD and Alcohol Problems?

Posted on May 10th, 2014

Addiction specialists and mental health professionals know that people affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have an unusual tendency to develop problems related to alcohol consumption. Potential explanations for the link between PTSD and these problems include the use of alcohol as a form of self-medication, the presence of personality traits that make drinking more likely and the emotional impact of negative states of mind. In a study published in March/April 2014 in the American Journal on Addictions, researchers from the State University of New York, Buffalo used an examination of young adults to help determine which of these factors most likely accounts for serious alcohol problems in people with PTSD.

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The Dangers Faced by Underage Drinkers

The Dangers Faced by Underage Drinkers

Posted on May 9th, 2014

Alcohol Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), began in 1987. The goals are to eliminate the stigma of alcoholism so that more people will be ready to admit a problem and step forward to ask for help, help the public become better informed about the impact of alcohol abuse on our communities, reduce the number of alcohol-dependent citizens and innocent victims harmed in alcohol-related accidents.

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‘What Do You Drink’ Alcohol Intervention Helps People Maintain Control

‘What Do You Drink’ Alcohol Intervention Helps People Maintain Control

Posted on May 6th, 2014

Researchers know that people who believe in their ability to control their alcohol intake have increased chances of avoiding problematic drinking behaviors. The term used to describe this belief is self-efficacy. In a study published in May 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from the Netherlands and Switzerland assessed the effectiveness of a specific brief alcohol intervention technique, called “What Do You Drink,” in helping people achieve and maintain an improved sense of self-efficacy regarding their alcohol consumption.

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More Moms Are Drinking to Cope With Stress of Motherhood

More Moms Are Drinking to Cope With Stress of Motherhood

Posted on May 5th, 2014

A 2013 study that appeared in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research reported that college women now drink more than college men. But it’s not just college coeds who are drinking more – young moms are also part of the growing demographic of female drinkers.

An survey sponsored by The Today Show looked into the phenomenon of mommy drinkers, finding that close to 40 percent of participants reported using alcohol to cope with parental stress. Over 30 percent of respondents said they know other mothers that may have an issue with alcohol.

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Younger Alcoholics More Prone to Sleep Disturbances During Recovery

Younger Alcoholics More Prone to Sleep Disturbances During Recovery

Posted on April 23rd, 2014

Sleep disturbance is the general term for a disruption of your normal ability to fall asleep during a designated sleeping time, stay asleep throughout a designated sleeping time or otherwise gain the restful benefits of sleep. People seriously affected by such disruptions may qualify for an official diagnosis of a sleep disorder. In a study published in January/February 2014 in the American Journal on Addictions, researchers from the Mayo Clinic sought to determine how many people diagnosed with alcoholism are affected by sleep disturbances before and after participating in a treatment program. These researchers also sought to identify any factors that can contribute to a recovering alcoholic’s chances of experiencing sleep improvements during treatment.

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Brain Scans Predict Alcohol Problems in Young Adults

Brain Scans Predict Alcohol Problems in Young Adults

Posted on April 11th, 2014

People who regularly consume alcohol in large amounts significantly increase their chances of developing clinical symptoms of alcohol use disorder (the combined term for alcohol abuse and alcoholism). In a study published in April 2014 in the journal Addiction, researchers from five U.S. institutions used brain imaging to determine if it’s possible to predict which young adult drinkers have the highest chances of developing serious alcohol-related problems. These researchers concluded that certain observable changes in the brain’s responses to drinking cues do help identify future problem drinkers.

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Binge-Drinking in Older Adults Doubles Risk of Death

Binge-Drinking in Older Adults Doubles Risk of Death

Posted on April 10th, 2014

According to nationwide surveys, around one in six American adults binge drinks four times per month. While most binge drinkers are not alcohol-dependent, the practice of binge drinking carries its own risks, and even though the lack of addiction may make these individuals feel as though their drinking is “safer,” this may not be the case. In fact, new research has shown that among “moderate” drinkers aged 55 to 65, binge drinking is associated with a doubling of the risk of death over the course of 20 years. The study shows the importance of understanding patterns of drinking and their consequences, rather than focusing on an average weekly consumption that can provide a misleading picture of the risks associated with alcohol.

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Binge Drinking on the Rise in College

Binge Drinking on the Rise in College

Posted on April 8th, 2014

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) used self-reporting surveys to compare drinking behaviors between 1976 and today, finding that regular drinking habits seem largely unchanged over the past three decades, but binge drinking by coeds has seen a steep rise.

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