Alcohol Abuse

Teens and Binge Drinking

Posted on February 1st, 2016

Underage drinking is a serious problem. When teens drink they put themselves at risk for a number of problems. Drinking leads to academic problems, accidents, health problems, assaults, unprotected sex and later substance abuse. Binge drinking is a particular problem among young people. When teens engage in binge drinking, they increase the risk of accidents, assaults, unplanned pregnancies and even fatal alcohol poisoning. If you have a teen, make sure you are aware of the dangers of binge drinking and talk to your child about it.

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Heavy Drinking Bigger Risk for Stroke in Middle Age Than Hypertension

Posted on September 29th, 2015

A new study has found that consuming more than two drinks a day raises the risk of stroke for men more than high blood pressure (hypertension) or diabetes does, particularly in midlife. The finding places an important caveat on previous results suggesting a health benefit to moderate drinking—in short, if you drink too much, the benefit quickly turns into a risk. For women, the increase in risk comes even sooner, with the research finding that more than one drink per day raises stroke risk.

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Commonly Abused Drugs on the 4th of July

Posted on June 29th, 2015

It’s a sad fact of life that the celebration of America’s independence is a day — make that a weekend — that is also synonymous with out-of-control drinking, drugging, and associated violence, overdose and deaths. Young or old, age makes no difference when it comes to people losing their senses and partying much too hard.

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When Supermom Becomes Drinking Mom

Posted on April 29th, 2015

Being supermom isn’t easy. You have a job. You take care of the kids. You feel like everyone relies on you and you feel the pressure to keep up with what other moms are doing for their kids, even if they don’t work outside the home. To cope with it all you reach for a glass of wine after dinner. That’s not so bad, right? They say a glass of wine a day may actually be good for you. So when does that one glass of wine transition to problem drinking?

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Why Do Retired Adults Develop Alcohol and Drug Problems?

Posted on April 27th, 2015

Recent research indicates that specific circumstances of retirement and major life changes associated with growing older largely explain the risks for significant alcohol and drug problems in older adults who leave the workforce.

Alcohol problems and (to a lesser extent) drug problems appear in substantial numbers of older Americans who have stopped working. However, the underlying reasons for the substance-related risks in these individuals are not well-understood. In a study published in December 2014 in the journal Work, Aging and Retirement, researchers from Cornell University sought to identify some of the major risk factors for alcohol and drug abuse in American retirees. These researchers concluded that retirees’ substance problems largely stem from a range of difficulties associated with the reasons for retirement and exposure to aging-related life changes.

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Middle-Aged Heavy Drinkers Have Increased Stroke Risks

Posted on April 15th, 2015

People who qualify as middle-aged heavy drinkers have significantly increased chances of experiencing a stroke, regardless of other stroke-related factors, according to the results of a new study from a team of Czech, Swedish and American researchers.

Heavy drinking is a pattern of dangerous alcohol consumption primarily associated with increased chances of developing diagnosable symptoms of alcohol use disorder (alcoholism and/or alcohol abuse). In a study published in January 2015 in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, researchers calculated the impact that heavy alcohol consumption has on the odds that a middle-aged man or woman will experience a potentially fatal stroke.

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College Students Under Stress Turn to Alcohol

Posted on April 14th, 2015

New findings from a team of Canadian researchers indicate that the presence of short-term or acute stress has a significant impact on the amount of alcohol consumed by college undergraduates.

Compared to the general population, college students in the U.S. are heavily affected by a highly dangerous, drunkenness-inducing pattern of short-term alcohol consumption known as binge drinking. In a study published in March 2015 in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, researchers from Canada’s Queen’s University examined the impact that exposure to acute stress has on the amount of alcohol that college students consume in any given drinking session. These researchers concluded that there is a close connection between students’ alcohol consumption and level of acute stress exposure.

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How Often Do Older People Have Alcohol Problems?

Posted on March 18th, 2015

In a study review published in January 2015 in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, researchers from the United Kingdom’s University of Sheffield used data gathered from a range of the world’s industrialized nations to determine how often people in various countries age 51 and older experience diagnosable alcohol problems and subsequently modify their problematic drinking behaviors. In the U.S. and much of the rest of the world, alcohol consumption and problematic drinking behaviors tend to reach their highest levels in young people in the early stages of adulthood. However, while researchers and public health officials often focus their attention on these younger individuals, older adults also drink fairly frequently and experience exposure to alcohol-related harm.

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Most Teen Drinkers Experience Blackouts, Study Finds

Posted on March 7th, 2015

A new study led by a professor at UC San Diego has found that almost all teenage alcohol drinkers between the ages of 15 and 19 experience at least one alcohol-related blackout (ARB).

Using data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children in Bristol, England, distinguished professor of psychiatry Marc A. Schuckit evaluated the presence of ARBs among 1,402 drinking adolescents aged 15, 16, 18 and 19. The results of the study revealed that only 5.1 percent of teen drinkers did not experience a blackout between the ages of 15 and 19.

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Missing Brain Connections Put Teens at Higher Risk for Alcoholism

Posted on January 14th, 2015

Teenagers at risk for future alcoholism tend to have reduced connections in key brain regions, new research finds.

The impaired functioning found in the four-part study from Georgetown University Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine was not entirely new information: a connection between such reduced functioning and alcohol abuse had been found in previous research. However, those studies left doubt about whether impaired function was a cause of alcohol abuse or whether alcohol abuse was a cause of impaired functioning. By using the Drug Use Screening Inventory questionnaire to predict future alcohol use disorders, this study was able to show that reduced brain development likely contributes to alcohol abuse rather than the other way around.

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10 Risks of Holiday Drinking

Posted on November 25th, 2014

When the holiday season rolls around, there are many good reasons to avoid tipping a few too many back and no real good ones for getting tanked with alcohol. Some of the risks may be familiar, while others may not immediately come to mind. Still, it pays to be aware of these 10 risks of holiday drinking — and do something proactive about them:

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