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August 25, 2016

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August 25, 2016

New, Improved Guidelines for Diagnosing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Aug. 10, 2016 — A group of experts on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders has produced proposed clinical guidelines for diagnosing FASD, which can result when a mother drinks during pregnancy. The proposed guidelines ... read more

New Study Evaluates Link Between Young Women's Beliefs on Alcohol Use and Sexual Risk-Taking

Aug. 10, 2016 — A new study looks at how young women's beliefs about alcohol and sex affect condom usage during sexual encounters involving alcohol. The work shows that just over two-thirds (66.9 percent) of ... read more

Financial Worries Linked to Mental Health Issues Among University Students

Aug. 9, 2016 — Experiencing financial difficulties and worrying about debt at university increases the risk of mental health conditions such as depression and alcohol dependency, according to new research. The work ... read more

Neuroscience-Based Framework for Addiction Diagnosis

Aug. 2, 2016 — When it comes to an addictive disorder, you either have it or you don't. But this dichotomous nature of the diagnosis fails to recognize the complexity and diversity of addiction's origins ... read more

Significant Pain Increases the Risk of Opioid Addiction by 41 Percent

July 22, 2016 — What do we really know about the relationship between the experience of pain and risk of developing opioid use disorder? Results from a recent study -- the first to directly address this question -- ... read more

Glutamate Levels in the Brain May Be Linked to Alcohol Craving

July 20, 2016 — Craving consists of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral elements related to a desire to drink alcohol, and can be experienced during intoxication, withdrawal, and/or prior to relapse. Different ... read more

Study With Aye-Ayes, Slow Loris Finds That Prosimians Prefer Alcohol

July 19, 2016 — In the first controlled study of its kind using nectar-simulating solutions, researchers found that two aye-ayes and another prosimian primate (slow loris) could discriminate different concentrations ... read more

Working Memory in Aging Adults Becomes Increasingly Affected by Alcohol

July 15, 2016 — Working memory can be thought of as short-term memory, temporarily holding ideas and recent events in the mind for quick recall. Working memory often declines with age; it may also be susceptible to ... read more

There Is Something About Those Energy Drinks

July 15, 2016 — Energy drinks combined with alcohol (AmEDs) were once available for purchase as a premixed beverage, until 2010 when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determined that the combination was unsafe. ... read more

Trauma Induces More Alcohol Craving Than Stress Among Veterans With PTSD and Co-Occurring Alcohol Dependence

July 1, 2016 — Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol dependence (AD) are two of the most common and debilitating disorders diagnosed among American military veterans. AD and PTSD often occur together, ... read more

Does Discrimination Increase Drinking?

June 30, 2016 — Another negative health outcome linked to discrimination has been uncovered by research: alcohol ... read more

Study Pinpoints Behavior Type Linked to Binge Drinking in Young Adults

June 30, 2016 — Binge drinking — almost a rite of passage — peaks during the college years. So this begs the question, “Are there specific characteristics associated with high-level binge drinking habits in ... read more

New Study Shows a Generational Shift Toward Lighter Drinking in Australia

June 28, 2016 — Alcohol consumption in Australia has declined steadily during the past decade, with per capita consumption in 2013-14 reaching its lowest level since the early 1960s. A new study shows that the ... read more

Study Uses Diverse Sample to Examine Childhood Weight's Link to Age of First Substance Use

June 28, 2016 — Girls who were overweight as children are likely to begin using cigarettes, marijuana or alcohol at an earlier age than their healthy-weight peers, according to a new ... read more

Drunkorexia 101: Increasing Alcohol’s Effects Through Diet and Exercise Behaviors

June 27, 2016 — While many people view college drinking as the norm, less understood is that how students drink can place them at a higher risk for multiple problems. Drinking on an empty stomach usually means that ... read more

Cancer-Treating Drugs May Help Reduce Alcoholism-Related Anxiety

June 27, 2016 — Epigenetics is the study of changes in organisms caused by modifying gene expression – by alcohol, for example – rather than alteration of the genetic code itself. Recent evidence suggests that ... read more

Substance User’s Social Connections: Family, Friends, and the Foresaken

June 26, 2016 — It’s no secret that social environments can play a role in the development as well as recovery from substance-abuse problems. A new study, designed to uncover how individual relationships respond ... read more

Understanding Risk Factors Involved in Initiation of Adolescent Alcohol Use

June 26, 2016 — Underage drinking is a major public health and social problem in the U.S. The ability to identify at-risk children before they initiate heavy alcohol use has immense clinical and public health ... read more

Adolescent Girls Choose to Drink at Lower Blood Alcohol Concentrations

June 25, 2016 — Gender and a family history of alcoholism (FH) are two genetically determined factors known to affect someone’s risk for developing alcohol-use disorders (AUDs). Adolescence is also a critical ... read more

Minimum Legal Drinking Age of 21 Can Protect Against Later Risk of Death

June 25, 2016 — The minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) in the U.S. regulates the age at which individuals can legally purchase and possess alcohol in public. An MLDA of 21 has been linked to a number of benefits, ... read more

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