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Latest findings on how alcohol impairs the immune system
On Nov. 22, leading alcohol researchers from the United States and Europe will present the latest findings on how alcohol impairs the immune system. The all-day conference will be held on the Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, Ill. (2013-11-20)

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)

Alcohol-related deaths have increased in the United States
An analysis of death certificates published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research suggests that the number of alcohol-related deaths doubled in the United States between 1999-2017. (2020-01-08)

Top doctor backs BMA's call to ban alcohol advertising
The BMA's call to ban alcohol advertising because of its damaging effects on young people is (2009-09-10)

Alcohol consumption linked to lower disability in patients with chronic pain
In a study of 2,239 individuals with chronic widespread pain, the key feature of fibromyalgia, those who regularly consumed alcohol had lower levels of disability than those who never or rarely drank. (2015-07-20)

New alcohol guidelines unlikely to have a direct impact on drinking
The UK's new alcohol guidelines are unlikely to have a direct impact on drinking, but they do raise awareness of harm and so may alter social attitudes towards alcohol, suggests an expert in The BMJ today. (2016-02-10)

Cannabis almost doubles risk of fatal crashes
Driving under the influence of cannabis almost doubles the risk of a fatal road crash, finds a study published online by the BMJ today. However its share in fatal crashes is significantly lower than those involving alcohol. The study took place in France and involved 10,748 drivers who were involved in fatal crashes from October 2001 to September 2003. All drivers underwent compulsory tests for drugs and alcohol. (2005-12-01)

The dangers of driving after restricted sleep and moderate alcohol intake
In a recent study, combining moderate alcohol consumption (within legal limits for driving) and moderate sleep restriction led to greater drowsiness and increased deficits in attention, compared with either sleep restriction or alcohol intake alone. (2017-07-19)

Alcohol makes rats more vulnerable to compulsive cocaine use
Rats given alcohol for 10 days prior to cocaine exhibited enhanced cocaine-addiction behavior, including continuing to seek cocaine despite receiving a brief electric shock when they did so, a new study reports. (2017-11-01)

Traffic safety, alcohol and drugs
In August 2010, researchers and experts on drugs, alcohol and medicines will take part in the T2010 conference, the tri-annual meeting of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety. This year's meeting is being hosted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. (2010-05-20)

Alcohol damages much more than the liver
Alcohol does much more harm to the body than just damaging the liver. Drinking also can weaken the immune system, slow healing, impair bone formation, increase the risk of HIV transmission and hinder recovery from burns, trauma, bleeding and surgery. (2010-11-11)

Substance in hair may be a marker for alcohol consumption
A new Drug Testing & Analysis study reveals that measuring levels of ethyl sulfate (EtS), a metabolite of ethanol, in the hair can be used to assess alcohol consumption. (2018-06-20)

Top doctors call for tougher measures to reduce alcohol-related harm
Doctors writing in this week's Christmas issue of the BMJ call on the government to introduce tougher measures to reduce alcohol related harm. (2007-12-20)

Alcohol limit for drink driving should be much lower
The alcohol limit for drink driving should be much lower, argues a researcher in this week's BMJ. (2004-04-08)

Adolescent exposure to drugs, alcohol fuels use in adulthood
Teenagers who have easy access to drugs and alcohol in the home are more likely to drink and do drugs in their early and late 20s. That's according to the one of the first studies to look at how adolescent exposure to illegal substances affects patterns of abuse in adulthood. (2016-07-29)

Alcohol and marijuana use may increase risk of condomless sex in young adults
Young persons who use alcohol and/or marijuana experience heightened likelihood of condomless sex, according to a new study published in The American Journal on Addictions. (2018-06-20)

Fatigue is an important factor in serious road crashes
Fatigue, especially when combined with alcohol, presents a particularly high risk of road crashes resulting in death or serious injury, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2001-04-05)

Frequent alcohol drinking in middle age harms the brain
Frequent alcohol drinking in midlife is linked to mild mental (cognitive) impairment in old age, claims a study in this week's BMJ. (2004-09-02)

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)

Alcohol-related behavior changes -- blame your immune system
When you think about your immune system, you probably think about it fighting off a cold. But new research from the University of Adelaide published in the British Journal of Pharmacology suggests that immune cells in your brain may contribute to how you respond to alcohol. (2011-09-28)

Study examines the effect of alcohol consumption on survival in non-alcoholic fatty liver
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), which is not caused by significant alcohol consumption, has become the most common liver disease in the United States and comprises more than two thirds of patients with chronic liver disease. In a Hepatology study of patients with NAFLD, modest alcohol consumption was associated with a 36 percent decreased risk of early death, while drinking 1.5 or more drinks per day was associated with a 45 percent increased risk, after adjustments. (2018-10-02)

Women should be advised not to drink alcohol in pregnancy
Expectant mothers should be advised not to drink alcohol, as this may pose health risks to the foetus, argues an editorial in this week's BMJ. (2005-02-18)

Moderate alcohol consumption may boost male fertility
The question of whether alcohol intake affects male reproductive function is controversial. In a new Andrology study, moderate alcohol intake was linked with higher semen volume, sperm concentration, and total sperm count. (2018-07-18)

Ethnic groups need specialist services to tackle alcohol misuse
Ethnic minorities may have particular problems with alcohol use, yet may not be seeking help, warns a senior psychiatrist in this week's BMJ. He believes that these hidden populations need specific services - and more research. (2006-03-23)

Government's alcohol strategy will fail because of partnership approach with drinks industry
The Government's strategy on alcohol will do nothing to tackle problem drinking in Britain, because it (2005-09-08)

U of Minn researchers find primary alcohol prevention programs are needed for 'tweens'
A study by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and the University of Florida suggests that (2008-02-27)

State alcohol policies may affect aggression- and driving-related harms from someone else's drinking
New research published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research suggests that state alcohol policies may be effective in reducing aggression-related and driving-related harms due to other drinkers, mainly in younger adults. (2019-06-05)

Alcohol use in patients with chronic liver disease
A review article published in the New England Journal of Medicine discusses the effects of alcohol use on various forms of liver disease, as well as the assessment and treatment of alcohol use in patients with chronic liver disease. (2018-09-26)

Opioid use may affect treatment for alcohol dependence
New research indicates that opioid misuse and the use of cannabis and other drugs may compromise the effectiveness of treatments for alcohol use disorder. (2018-06-06)

OHSU researchers discover new brain region involved in alcoholism
Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University have found a new target for therapies aimed at combating alcoholism. They have located a region of the brain involved in alcohol abuse. (2003-03-25)

UCLA researchers discover how drug binds to neurons to stop drunken symptoms of alcohol
UCLA researchers have discovered how an alcohol antidote drug binds to specific receptors on neurons to stop the drunken behavioral symptoms of alcohol. Identifying which receptors the drug binds to may lead to a better understanding of how alcohol works in the brain, and help develop alcohol addiction medications and treatments. (2006-05-08)

School of Public Health receives $390,000 grant to study alcohol use among youth acquiring HIV
Dr. Monica Swahn, professor in the School of Public Health and associate vice president for research at Georgia State University, has received a two-year, $390,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the role of alcohol marketing and early alcohol use among African youth acquiring HIV. (2013-09-18)

Alcohol-related treatment among American Indians and Alaska natives
A new study from researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapter Hill in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in Berkeley, California, examines the proportions of AIAN who seek treatment for lifetime alcohol use disorder and the characteristics associated with those who seek treatment. (2019-01-07)

Alcohol intervention attempted for violent males
Alcohol intervention attempted for violent males will be discussed at the upcoming 83rd General Session of the International Association for Dental Research conference. (2005-03-10)

Reduce the VAT on alcohol sold in pubs, says expert
Alcoholic drinks served in pubs should be taxed at a lower level than drinks bought from shops, says an expert in this week's BMJ. (2010-11-18)

Study: Social media use may help identify students at risk of alcohol problems
Research finds that having an 'alcohol identity' puts college students at greater risk of having drinking problems -- and that posting about alcohol use on social media sites is actually a stronger predictor of alcohol problems than having a drink. (2016-05-27)

Policy changes are needed to address over-consumption
Although the major objective of the liquor, food and associated industries is to optimise profits, that is, to sell as much food and alcohol as possible, their success can create serious health risks and burdens for consumers. (2017-03-31)

Study examines sickness absence from work among abstainers, low-risk drinkers and at-risk drinkers
In a recent study, people who reported not drinking any alcohol over several years were absent from work due to illness more often than low-risk drinkers. (2018-06-06)

Study reveals how smoking increases vulnerability to alcohol abuse
Smoking is a well-known risk factor for subsequent alcohol abuse, but the mechanisms underlying this link are unknown. Now researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Neuron on July 18 show in a study conducted in rats that even a single exposure to nicotine temporarily changes how the brain's reward system responds to alcohol and increases the reinforcing properties of alcohol via stress hormones. (2013-07-18)

Call to change concept of harm reduction in alcohol policy
A new policy paper by a University of York academic calls for limits on the influence of the drinks industry in shaping alcohol policy because it has a 'fundamental conflict of interest'. (2014-12-09)

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