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May 6, 2015

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May 6, 2015

Underage Drinkers Most Influenced by Alcohol Marketing More Likely to Report Dangerous Drinking Behaviors

Apr. 20, 2015 — Underage youth who cite alcohol marketing and the influence of adults, movies or other media as the main reasons for choosing to consume a specific brand of alcohol are more likely to drink more and ... read more

Socially Anxious Youth in Treatment Can Enhance Recovery Through Simple Service Tasks

Apr. 14, 2015 — Often alcoholics and addicts mention a fear of not fitting in, and using alcohol/drugs to alleviate anxiety. A new study looks at youth in treatment who have social anxiety disorder. Almost half of ... read more

Alcohol May Elevate the Expression of Two Enzymes Called CYP2E1, CYP2U1

Apr. 14, 2015 — The prefrontal cortex and amygdala are brain regions that not only referee cognitive functions and emotional states, but also contribute to the reinforcing effects of alcohol and tobacco. Little is ... read more

Nicotine Use Increases Compulsive Alcohol Consumption, Study Finds

Apr. 14, 2015 — In rat models, nicotine exposure actually promotes alcohol dependence, researchers report. "It's a vicious cycle," said a biologist and a senior author of the new study. "Nicotine ... read more

Consequences of Driving Drunk Are Paying Off

Apr. 6, 2015 — Punishments for drivers whose blood alcohol content is measured above legal thresholds for impairment have reduced the likelihood of repeat offenses, says an economist. To further discourage drunk ... read more

Alcohol Dependency and Early Death

Apr. 2, 2015 — The mortality of alcohol dependent patients in general hospitals is many times higher than that of patients without alcohol dependency. In addition, they die about 7.6 years earlier on average than ... read more

Alcohol-Related Cues, Stress Strongly Impact Females and Increase 'Craving'-Like Behavior

Apr. 1, 2015 — A study conducted in rats measuring risk factors that contribute to alcohol abuse suggests females are particularly sensitive to alcohol-related cues and stress which elicits a “craving” ... read more

Restoring IL-17 May Treat Skin Infections Related to Chronic Alcohol Consumption

Mar. 31, 2015 — Alcoholism takes a toll on every aspect of a person's life, including skin problems. Now, a new research report helps explain why this happens and what might be done to address it. "The ... read more

Kids Allowed to 'Sip' Alcohol May Start Drinking Earlier

Mar. 31, 2015 — Children who get a taste of their parents' wine now and then may be more likely than their peers to start drinking by high school, according to a new report. The findings are based on 561 Rhode ... read more

Marketing of Energy Drinks Placed on TV Channels That Appeal to Teens

Mar. 30, 2015 — Though the Academy of Pediatrics advises against the consumption of energy drinks by teens, research finds that manufacturers market the bulk of their products on TV channels that likely appeal to ... read more

Public Health Responsibility Deal in UK Unlikely to Be an Effective Response to Alcohol Harms

Mar. 25, 2015 — Harmful alcohol consumption in England is unlikely to be reduced by the Public Health Responsibility Deal because the majority of its interventions are ineffective, poorly reported or were already ... read more

Interim Report on UK Alcohol Industry's 'Billion Units Pledge' Is Flawed, Say Researchers

Mar. 24, 2015 — The UK's Department of Health's interim evaluation of an alcohol industry pledge to remove one billion alcohol units from the market is flawed, argue researchers. In 2012, the UK government ... read more

Link Between Genetic Variation, Alcohol Dependence Found

Mar. 24, 2015 — A biological clue that could help explain why some drinkers develop a dependence on alcohol and others do not has been discovered by researchers. The findings move researchers closer to identifying ... read more

Legally High? Teenagers and Prescription Drug Abuse

Mar. 24, 2015 — Legal drugs such as OxyContin now kill more people than heroin and cocaine combined. While awareness of the dangers of illegal drugs has increased, many teens are still ignorant of the significant ... read more

Thinking of Drinking and Driving? What If Your Car Won't Let You?

Mar. 20, 2015 — If every new car had a built-in blood alcohol level tester that prevented impaired drivers from driving the vehicle, the US could avoid 85 percent of crash deaths attributable to alcohol-involved ... read more

Government Anti-Drinking Messages Irrelevant to Young Binge Drinkers, Study Finds

Mar. 20, 2015 — Government advertising campaigns to tackle excessive drinking are dismissed as irrelevant by young binge drinkers, because consuming extreme quantities of alcohol is part of their sub-cultural social ... read more

Socioeconomic Status Moderates Genetic, Environmental Influences on Alcohol Use

Mar. 17, 2015 — A new study has examined genetic and environmental influences underlying alcohol use. Results show that genetic effects on the amount of alcohol use appear to be greater in low socioeconomic-status ... read more

Identifying How Drinking Contexts and Youth Characteristics Change Over Time

Mar. 17, 2015 — Certain contexts are associated with specific negative drinking-related outcomes. A new study examines associations between drinking contexts and youth characteristics over time. Findings indicate ... read more

Alcohol, Insomnia Linked to Suicide, Research Team Finds

Mar. 10, 2015 — Insomnia symptoms affect the risk of suicide among people who drink alcohol, according to a groundbreaking study. The new study—the first of its kind—demonstrates how wakefulness is connected to ... read more

Mar. 9, 2015 — Consuming alcohol (equivalent to about a glass of wine) can make the drinker appear more attractive than when sober, according to new research. However, the effect disappears when more is ... read more

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