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April 26, 2017

Volunteering Might Prevent Substance Abuse for Female Student-Athletes

Apr. 20, 2017 — As substance abuse continues to be a health concern in colleges and universities across the US, a social scientist has found that female student-athletes who volunteer in their communities and engage ... read more

For Young Adults, Cigarettes More Pleasurable With Alcohol Than With Pot

Apr. 18, 2017 — Young adults get more pleasure from smoking cigarettes while they are drinking alcohol than they do while using marijuana, according to a new American ... read more

Alcohol Use in Veterans With Schizophrenia Less Common Than Thought; No Level Safe

Mar. 28, 2017 — US veterans who are being treated for schizophrenia are much less likely to drink any alcohol than the general population. But when they do misuse alcohol, it leads to worsening of their ... read more

Alcoholism May Be Caused by Dynamical Dopamine Imbalance

Mar. 9, 2017 — Researchers have identified potential alcoholism mechanisms, associated with altered dopaminergic neuron response to complex dynamics of prefrontal cortex neurones affecting dopamine ... read more

Consumption of Alcohol and Marijuana Associated With Lower GPA in College

Mar. 8, 2017 — College students who consume medium-to-high levels of alcohol and marijuana have a consistently lower GPA, according to a new ... read more

Giving Up Cigarettes Linked With Recovery from Illicit Substance Use Disorders

Mar. 8, 2017 — Smokers in recovery from illicit drug use disorders are at greater risk of relapsing three years later compared with those who do not smoke cigarettes. Daily smokers and nondaily smokers had ... read more

Social Rejection by Those Closest to You Can Lead to Subsequent Drinking

Mar. 3, 2017 — The need to belong and experience social connections is a fundamental human characteristic. Prior research has shown that social rejection is linked to increases in negative emotions, distress, and ... read more

From Heroin Addiction to Alcohol-Related Problems

Feb. 28, 2017 — Methadone programs and long-term therapy using other opioids evidently work. People addicted to heroin consume less heroin, cocaine and even alcohol at the beginning of the treatment. As a long-term ... read more

Variability in Local Costs of Substance Abuse Across California

Feb. 17, 2017 — The average news consumer might be surprised to learn that the economic costs of alcohol abuse far exceed those related to illegal drug use. In California, alcohol abuse cost $129 billion in 2010, ... read more

'Hair of the Dog' Won’t Cure That Hangover

Feb. 14, 2017 — The notion that having a drink can cure a hangover has been around since the 16th century. That doesn't mean it's ... read more

Surprising Link Between Athletics and Addiction

Feb. 13, 2017 — While investigating the idealized benefits between sport and addiction, researchers found that the prevalence of substance abuse in some sports communities, in fact, creates a greater risk of ... read more

Strong Alcohol Policies Protect Against Drunk Driving Deaths Among Young People

Feb. 13, 2017 — Stronger alcohol policies protect young people from dying in crashes caused by drunk driving according to researchers. The study supports the importance of comprehensive alcohol control policies to ... read more

Mixing Opioids and Alcohol May Increase Likelihood of Dangerous Respiratory Complication

Feb. 7, 2017 — Taking one oxycodone tablet together with even a modest amount of alcohol increases the risk of a potentially life-threatening side effect known as respiratory depression, which causes breathing to ... read more

Rewards Treat Alcohol Abuse in Those With Mental Illness

Feb. 7, 2017 — Offering prizes- - from simple shampoo to DVD players -- can be an effective, low-cost treatment for alcohol abuse, the nation's third leading preventable cause of death, suggests a new ... read more

Pain During Alcohol Withdrawal: Electroacupuncture May Help

Feb. 7, 2017 — Hyperalgesia refers to an increased sensitivity to pain. It can occur during alcohol withdrawal, and may contribute to a relapse to drinking. Alternative therapies such as acupuncture and ... read more

Immune System Suppression May Be Related to Problem Drinking

Feb. 2, 2017 — Cytokines are small proteins in the immune system that act as chemical messengers between cells. Prior research suggests that pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines are dysfunctional during alcohol ... read more

Drug Shows Promise for Treating Alcoholism

Feb. 1, 2017 — An anti-inflammatory drug called Ibudilast, used in Japan to treat asthma, may be a promising new treatment for alcoholism, a new study has ... read more

Brain Potassium Channels May Unlock Future Precision Medicine Approaches for Alcoholism

Jan. 30, 2017 — Researchers have identified novel potassium (K+) channel genes within addiction brain circuitry that are altered by alcohol dependence and correlate with drinking levels in a mouse model of alcohol ... read more

Prior DUIs Predict Future Criminal Activity Among Firearm Owners

Jan. 30, 2017 — Among individuals who legally purchased handguns in California, prior convictions for driving under the influence (DUI) and other alcohol-related crimes were associated with a substantial increase in ... read more

Combined Use of Alcohol, Cocaine May Play a Unique Role in Suicide Risk

Jan. 27, 2017 — Alcohol use can be found in suicide deaths and unintentional deaths due to injuries such as those from motor vehicle collisions (MVCs). The authors of a new study argue that it is important to ... read more

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