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Do Alcohol Cravings Increase Over Time in Abstinent Drinkers?

New research from a team of Chinese scientists indicates that alcohol craving levels in alcohol-dependent drinkers who establish abstinence rise significantly over a period of a couple of months. People who feel strong urges or cravings for alcohol between drinking sessions are commonly at risk for developing a diagnosable case of alcohol use disorder (alcoholism …

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Alcohol, Tobacco Greatest Global Promoters of Addiction, and It’s Not Even Close

Global statistics confirm that billions of human beings are currently using alcohol and tobacco, cementing their status as humanity’s runaway drugs of choice. In fact, if we were to add up the number of people taking some type of illegal drug, it wouldn’t come close to matching either the number drinking alcohol (nearly 2 billion) …

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Verbally Advanced Kids Have Higher Risk for Teen Alcohol Abuse

As they grow older, children naturally develop increasing levels of mastery over the skills required for verbal communication. However, some children experience a greater advancement of their verbal skills than others. In a study published in 2014 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, researchers from the U.S. and Finland investigated the connection between …

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10 Tips for Talking to Your Teen About Drinking

Having the serious talks with your kids isn’t easy. Talking to your teen about sex, peer pressure, drugs, drinking and other issues can be awkward and many parents avoid it. But as daunting as the task may be, do not skip these conversations. Teens whose parents talk to them about drinking are much more likely to be …

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Alcoholism, Polydrug Abuse Create Different Brain Abnormalities

Alcoholism is the well-known term used to describe a physical dependence on the (typically unrestrained) consumption of alcohol. Polysubstance or polydrug addiction is a lesser-known term used to describe a simultaneous addiction to at least two substances, including any combination of alcohol, illicit/illegal drugs and mind-altering medications. In a study published in September 2014 in …

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