Alcohol Abuse

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Even Moderate Drinking Harms Older Adults’ Memories

Posted on October 20th, 2014

Excessive alcohol consumption is linked to a range of serious health problems, including disruption of memory. Public health guidelines for moderate levels of alcohol intake are specifically intended to reduce to the odds that any given person will experience alcohol-related harm. In a study published in September 2014 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, researchers from the University of Florida looked at the negative impact that even moderate alcohol consumption can have on older adults’ ability to use an essential form of memory called working memory.

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BMI, Gender Affect Young Adults’ Alcohol Consumption

Posted on October 17th, 2014

People who consume alcohol excessively in episodes of binge drinking or regularly maintain a pattern of heavy drinking have clearly increased risks for a range of alcohol-related problems, including potentially fatal accidents and alcohol use disorder (diagnosable alcohol abuse/alcoholism). In a study published in September 2014 in the International Journal of Drug Policy, researchers from two U.S. universities examined the connection that body fat measurements called BMI scores have to the amount of alcohol typically consumed by young men, as well as to the amount of alcohol typically consumed by young women.

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Using Text Messaging to Alter Drinking Behavior in Young Adults

Posted on September 28th, 2014

A new study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that using text messaging to acquire data that calculates and keeps track of one’s drinking can not only offer immediate feedback and information to people discharged from the hospital, but it can also cut down on drink-related issues and accidents.

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Stress Often to Blame for Alcohol Use Disorder

Problems Early in Life Predict Binge Drinking, Study Finds

Posted on September 8th, 2014

Binge drinking, also known as heavy episodic drinking, is an abusive form of alcohol consumption characterized by imbibing enough alcohol in a single drinking episode to meet or exceed the minimum standards for legal intoxication. Young adults between the ages of 21 and 34 have higher rates for this behavior than the members of any other age group. In a study published in July 2014 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, researchers from the University of Washington examined the factors in adolescence and earlier stages of childhood that increase the odds that a young adult will participate in binge drinking at two later stages: the initial entry into adulthood and the first few years of his or her 30s.

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Variety of Social Connections Helps Problem Drinkers

People Who Drink to Relieve Craving, Lift Mood Headed Down Path to Alcoholism

Posted on September 3rd, 2014

Tens of millions of people in the U.S. are both alcohol consumers and cigarette smokers. Millions of Americans also have simultaneous problems with alcohol use disorder (alcohol abuse/alcoholism) and nicotine addiction. Both drinking and smoking can contribute to an increase in negative emotional states such as depression and anxiety. In a study published in July 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles assessed the relative impact of alcohol use and cigarette use on negative mood changes. These researchers concluded that the key factor in these mood changes is alcohol craving.

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Stress Often to Blame for Alcohol Use Disorder

Alcohol Overdose Can Happen Fast

Posted on September 2nd, 2014

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, moderate drinking is defined as no more than one drink a day for females or two drinks a day for males. Few American drinkers consume alcohol in a way that shows they are aware of such guidelines. Everything from happy-hour specials to peer pressure makes it easy to overdrink without intending to do so. And it’s possible to overdose on alcohol, which can be dangerous and even fatal.

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Stress Often to Blame for Alcohol Use Disorder

Stress Often to Blame for Alcohol Use Disorder

Posted on August 19th, 2014

Stress is a common fact of everyday life. However, in addition to unavoidable daily stress, some people get exposed to major stressful events that can have a lasting impact on their mental health and well-being. In a study slated for publication in 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a team of New Zealand researchers tracked the impact that exposure to seriously stressful events has on a young adult’s chances of developing alcohol use disorder. The researchers concluded that major stress can substantially increase the odds of experiencing the symptoms of this condition.

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Binge Drinking Increases the Risk for Alcohol Problems Later

Posted on August 11th, 2014

A study published in the May 15, 2014 issue of the journal Biological Psychiatry reports that people who participate in binge drinking in their early 20s may be at higher risk for alcohol-related problems later in life.

Binge drinking is associated with a number of risks. Individuals who engage in binge drinking are more likely to behave impulsively, resulting in injuries or involvement in an assault. Impulsive behavior can also lead to dangerous sexual behaviors, which can then lead to an unplanned pregnancy or contracting a sexually transmitted disease.

These risks may seem remote to people in their 20s enjoying their newly legal drinking status. Heavy social drinking during college years can appear to be a rite of passage for some students, but binge drinking comes with a multitude of potential problems that can follow a binge-drinking individual and derail him or her from future plans.

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The Secret to Happiness? Drinking Less Alcohol.

The Secret to Happiness? Drinking Less Alcohol.

Posted on August 5th, 2014

Men who moderate their alcohol intake generally lead happier, more fulfilling lives, a 75-year long Harvard study shows.

In 1938, the Grant Study set out following 268 Harvard undergraduate men in order to determine what factors contribute most strongly to human flourishing. Dr. George Vaillant, who directed the extensive and detailed project for over 30 years, discovered there was a direct correlation between a man’s drinking habits and his overall level of health and well-being.

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Energy Drinks Lead to Wide-Awake Drunks

Energy Drinks Lead to Wide-Awake Drunks

Posted on August 4th, 2014

In the U.S., significant numbers of teenagers and (typically young) adults combine high-caffeine beverages called energy drinks with alcohol. This combination can seriously endanger a person’s health and well-being. In a study published in June 2014 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, researchers from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis used laboratory experiments on mice to conduct a detailed examination of the impact that caffeine has on an alcohol-intoxicated state. These researchers concluded that caffeine’s effect on alcohol intoxication can substantially increase the dangers associated with being drunk.

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How Do I Tell a Friend He Has a Drinking Problem?

How Do I Tell a Friend He Has a Drinking Problem?

Posted on August 1st, 2014

Seeing a friend spiraling into self-destruction is never a pleasant experience. Not only will you be witnessing somebody you care about hurting him or herself, you’re also thrown into the uncomfortable position of having to decide what to do about it. It might not be the most appealing notion, but real friends look out for each other, and that means that you have to share your concerns if you care about your friend. Knowing how to do this is much more difficult, but there are many things to consider that should make the process go as smoothly as possible.

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‘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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