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Heavy drinkers consuming more than half of all alcohol
La Trobe University researchers have found the heaviest drinking 10% of Australians drink over half the alcohol consumed in Australia, downing an average of six standard drinks per day. (2019-04-17)
Study suggests college students end up in vicious cycle of substance abuse, poor academics, stress
One negative behavior such as substance abuse or heavy alcohol drinking can lead college students toward a vicious cycle of poor lifestyle choices, lack of sleep, mental distress and low grades, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. (2019-04-16)
Oxytocin could help treat alcohol use disorder
The neuropeptide oxytocin blocks enhanced drinking in alcohol-dependent rats, according to a study published April 16 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology led by Drs. (2019-04-16)
Mindful body awareness training during treatment for drug addiction helps prevent relapse
A novel type of body awareness training helps women recover from drug addiction, according to new research from the University of Washington. (2019-04-16)
Applying hand rub with three steps for 15 seconds as effective at reducing bacteria as WHO-recommended 6 steps for 30 seconds
A shortened 15-second application time and a simpler three-step technique for use of alcohol-based hand rub is as effective in reducing bacteria as the 30-second application and six-step technique recommended by WHO, and could improve hand hygiene compliance. (2019-04-14)
New electron microscopy technique limits membrane destruction
Researchers at Purdue University have created an electron microscopy technique termed 'cryoAPEX' that accurately tracks membrane proteins in a well-preserved cell. (2019-04-10)
Later school start times significantly reduce teen driving accidents
A new study to be presented at CHEST Congress 2019 Thailand in Bangkok shows a significant decrease in teen driving accidents when school start is delayed. (2019-04-09)
Forcing a smile for customers linked with more drinking after work
Employees who force themselves to smile and be happy in front of customers -- or who try to hide feelings of annoyance -- may be at risk for heavier drinking after work, according to researchers. (2019-04-09)
New study explains why drinking alcohol causes the munchies
New research in mice suggests that a shared circuit in the brain could be one reason why heavy drinking and high-fat 'junk food' cravings go hand in hand. (2019-04-08)
Engineers develop concept for hybrid heavy-duty trucks
Researchers at MIT have devised a new way of powering heavy-duty trucks that could drastically curb pollution, increase efficiency, and reduce or even eliminate their net greenhouse gas emissions. (2019-04-08)
The Lancet: Moderate alcohol consumption does not protect against stroke, study shows
Studies of East Asian genes that strongly affect how much alcohol people choose to drink show that alcohol itself directly increases blood pressure and the chances of having a stroke, according to a new study published in The Lancet. (2019-04-04)
Alcohol-induced brain damage continues after alcohol is stopped
Now, a joint work of the Institute of Neuroscience CSIC-UMH, in Alicante, and the Central Institute of Mental Health of Mannheim, in Germany, has detected, by means of magnetic resonance, how the damage in the brain continues during the first weeks of abstinence, although the consumption of alcohol ceases. (2019-04-03)
Study reveals genes associated with heavy drinking and alcoholism
A large genomic study of nearly 275,000 people led by Penn Medicine researchers revealed new insights into genetic drivers of heavy drinking and alcohol use disorder (AUD), the uncontrollable pattern of alcohol use commonly referred to as alcoholism. (2019-04-02)
Alcohol drinking slows brain growth in adolescent monkeys
Heavy drinking during the cusp of adulthood reduces the rate of brain growth in male and female rhesus monkeys, according to new research published in eNeuro. (2019-04-01)
Brain growth inhibited by heavy alcohol use
New research in nonhuman primates shows that heavy use of alcohol can actually slow the rate of growth in developing brains. (2019-04-01)
Drugs used to enhance sexual experiences, especially in UK
Combining drugs with sex is common regardless of gender or sexual orientation, reveals new research by UCL and the Global Drug Survey into global trends of substance-linked sex. (2019-04-01)
Study explores why 'progressive teetotalers' may emerge from college engineering programs
First-year engineering students who gravitate toward progressive ideas, including about gender equity in the workplace, tend to drink less alcohol, according to a study by a University of Kansas researcher. (2019-03-25)
Youth smoking and vaping: What does it mean for tobacco control
New research from PIRE/PRC features analysis of in-depth, qualitative interviews with young vapers in California between 15 and 25. (2019-03-24)
Child and adolescent anxiety could be linked to later alcohol problems
New research led by the University of Bristol has found some evidence that children and adolescents with higher levels of anxiety may be at greater risk of developing alcohol problems. (2019-03-21)
Many recovering from addiction have chronic health problems, diminished quality of life
A study from the Massachusetts General Hospital Recovery Research Institute shows that more than a third of individuals who consider themselves in recovery from an alcohol or other substance use disorder continue to suffer from chronic physical disease. (2019-03-21)
Does alcohol consumption have an effect on arthritis?
Several previous studies have demonstrated that moderate alcohol consumption is linked with less severe disease and better quality of life in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, but a new Arthritis Care & Research study suggests that this might not be because drinking alcohol is beneficial. (2019-03-20)
Is anxiety in childhood and adolescence linked to later alcohol use disorders?
In an Addiction analysis of relevant published studies, investigators found some evidence for a positive association between anxiety during childhood and adolescence with later alcohol use disorders. (2019-03-20)
Fast-acting psychedelic associated with improvements in depression/anxiety
Johns Hopkins researchers have discovered that use of the synthetic psychedelic 5-methocy-N,-N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT) appears to be associated with unintended improvements in self-reported depression and anxiety when given in a ceremonial group setting. (2019-03-18)
Scientists hunt down the brain circuit responsible for alcohol cravings
Scientists at Scripps Research have found that they can reverse the desire to drink in alcohol-dependent rats -- with the flip of a switch. (2019-03-18)
People who don't drink may still suffer harms from alcohol, study suggests
Harms to people resulting from alcohol consumption by others in Germany in 2014 are assessed in a study published in the open access journal BMC Medicine. (2019-03-18)
Prevention of alcohol use in older teens
A recently released publication in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 'Prevention of Alcohol Use in Older Teens: A Randomized Trial of an Online Family Prevention Program' reveals successful results for an online, family-based prevention program, Smart Choices 4 Teens, which is designed to reduce alcohol use among 16- and 17-year-old teens. (2019-03-17)
Alcohol marketing awareness linked to 'higher risk' drinking among UK teens
Medium to high awareness of alcohol marketing among UK teens is linked to increased consumption and a greater probability of 'higher risk' drinking among current drinkers, finds a large observational study published in the online journal BMJ Open. (2019-03-14)
New light shed on link between alcohol marketing and increased consumption in young people
Young people's awareness of alcohol marketing -- and their ownership of alcohol-branded merchandise -- is associated with increased and higher-risk consumption, a landmark study has found. (2019-03-14)
Problem drinking linked to HIV, other sexually transmitted infections in Ugandan youth, study finds
Youth living in the slums of Uganda who are infected with both HIV and sexually transmitted infections are more likely to engage in problem drinking, according to a study led by Georgia State University. (2019-03-12)
Binge drinking in adolescence may increase risk for anxiety later in life
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have found that adolescent binge drinking, even if discontinued, increases the risk for anxiety later in life due to abnormal epigenetic programming. (2019-03-11)
Moderate alcohol consumption linked with high blood pressure
A study of more than 17,000 US adults shows that moderate alcohol consumption -- seven to 13 drinks per week -- substantially raises one's risk of high blood pressure, or hypertension, according to research being presented at the American College of Cardiology's 68th Annual Scientific Session. (2019-03-07)
Over half of ED visits for nonmedical prescription drug use are patients under 35
Using nationally representative public health surveillance data to characterize US ED visits for harm caused by nonmedical prescription drug use, investigators at CDC and FDA report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that over half these visits are by young adults under 35, and over 40 percent of patients arrive unconscious or after cardiorespiratory failure. (2019-03-06)
Social anxiety disorder may increase risk of alcoholism
New research published in Depression and Anxiety indicates that, unlike other anxiety disorders, social anxiety disorder may have a direct effect on alcoholism. (2019-03-06)
Heart-healthy diets in early adulthood linked to better brain function in middle age
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, moderate in nuts, fish and alcohol and low in meat and full-fat dairy is associated with better cognitive performance in middle age, according to a study published in the March 6, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2019-03-06)
Truth telling about tobacco and nicotine
In 'Truth Telling about Tobacco and Nicotine,' PRC researchers explain that, although there is agreement among researchers about evidence that vaping can be less harmful than combustible cigarettes, the tobacco control community remains divided about how to communicate -- or even whether to communicate -- information about the relative risks of tobacco and nicotine products. (2019-03-03)
Is alcohol consumption more helpful than harmful? It depends on your age
Studies of health effects of alcohol consumption may underestimate the risks of imbibing, particularly for younger people, according to a new study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. (2019-02-28)
Smoking and alcohol: Double trouble for the brain?
Along with many other harmful health consequences, smoking tobacco causes chemical changes, oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain. (2019-02-27)
New method uses AI to screen for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC), Queen's University (Ontario) and Duke University have developed a new tool that can screen children for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) quickly and affordably, making it accessible to more children in remote locations worldwide. (2019-02-26)
New mothers reduce their alcohol intake, but this change is short-lived
Most women dramatically reduce their alcohol intake on learning they are pregnant, but by the time their child is five they are back to their pre-pregnancy drinking levels, a new international study has found. (2019-02-26)
Partners in catalysis: An efficient route to unsaturated ketones
A Japanese research team at Kanazawa University synthesized diverse β,γ-unsaturated ketones through direct reaction of aldehydes and allylic alcohols. (2019-02-25)
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