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July 30, 2016

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

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

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

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

Rates of Nonmedical Prescription Opioid Use, Opioid Use Disorder Double in 10 Years

June 22, 2016 — Nonmedical use of prescription opioids more than doubled among adults in the United States from 2001-2002 to 2012-2013, based on a new American ... read more

Empowering Addiction Treatment Patients to Engage in Care May Improve Overall Health

June 22, 2016 — In the first trial of an intervention focused on increasing alcohol and drug treatment patients' engagement in their own health care, researchers found that patients who received six ... read more

Childhood Abuse, Chronic Parental Domestic Violence Linked to Later Addictions

June 22, 2016 — Adults who have drug or alcohol dependency have experienced very high rates of early adversities, according to a new study. One in five drug dependent Canadian adults and one in six alcohol dependent ... read more

Laws Limiting Alcohol Sales May Have Measurable Public Health Effects

June 14, 2016 — Residents in Texas counties that permit the sale of alcohol have a higher incidence and prevalence of alcohol misuse, liver disease and some heart problems, but fewer heart attacks, compared to ... read more

Alcohol Dependent Individuals Show Greater Risk of Suicide in Evening Hours

June 14, 2016 — A new study found that there is a circadian pattern of peak and nadir in the incidence of suicides committed in alcohol dependent ... read more

Adolescent Alcohol, Marijuana Use Leads to Poor Academic Performance, Health Problems

June 14, 2016 — Adolescents who use both marijuana and alcohol during middle school and high school are more likely to have poor academic performance and mental health during high school, according to a new study ... read more

Sleep Duration Varies by Alcohol Drinking Patterns, Race, and Sex

June 13, 2016 — Compared to their white counterparts within each alcohol drinking pattern (never, moderate, excessive) investigated, black men and women were significantly more likely to get less than six hours of ... read more

Low-Tech System Overcomes Barriers Preventing Doctor-Patient Chat About Drinking Habits

June 13, 2016 — Primary care doctors are reluctant to talk to patients about their drinking habits, for fear of being perceived as judgmental. But a simple, intervention that encourages discussion could resolve this ... read more

PET/CT Reveals Adaptations of the Alcoholic Brain

June 13, 2016 — Alcoholism is a devastating disorder that too often leads to a perpetual cycle of abuse. An emerging molecular imaging technique may provide a way to break that cycle. It could signal patients' ... read more

Weak Evidence for Prescribed Alcohol Drug, Say Scientists

June 6, 2016 — A drug being used to treat alcohol problems in the UK was licensed for use despite insufficient evidence to prove its effectiveness, new research has ... read more

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