Alcoholism News

Taxes Can Reduce Binge Drinking

January 6th, 2015
New research discovers that higher alcohol taxes are an effective method to protect against binge drinking. A decline in episodes of binge drinking is linked to less alcohol-related deaths as well as a significant economic gain. Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) ...

Mouse Study IDs Protein Driving Circadian Rhythms

January 4th, 2015
A new study has found that a certain protein helps regulate the internal clock of mice, a finding that eventually may aid in the treatment of a number of disorders. For the study, published in Nature Communications, a research team led by Thomas ...

Alcohol-Related Blackouts Too Common Among Teens

January 2nd, 2015
A new study has identified the strongest predictors for occurrence of alcohol-related blackouts (ARB) in young people (ages 15-19). The study is the first to examine blackout trajectories over time for this age group. The study, published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, ...

Greater Risk of Premature Death Seen in Neighborhoods With Check-Cashing Outlets

January 1st, 2015
New research suggests a link between the density of both check-cashing places and stores that sell alcohol in a neighborhood and the risk of premature death in people between the ages of 20 and 59. The link was stronger in men than in ...

Binge Drinking Hampers Immune System in Young Adults

December 30th, 2014
A new study has found that binge drinking in young, healthy adults significantly disrupts the immune system. For the study, researcher Majid Afshar, M.D., M.S.C.R., now at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, had volunteers drink four or five shots of vodka, ...

Study Links Suicide Risk with Insomnia, Alcohol Use

December 28th, 2014
A new study has found that alcohol use is “significantly associated” with suicide risk among women. Further analysis also revealed that insomnia symptoms explained a significant proportion of the relationship between alcohol and suicide risk among women. For men, there was no direct effect ...

Common Factors for Teens at Risk for Alcohol Abuse

December 17th, 2014
Neuroscientists are homing in on key brain factors and behaviors that put teens at risk for alcohol abuse even before they start drinking, according to new research at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC). So far, they have found that teens at risk for ...

Teen ADHD + Conduct Disorder = Substance Abuse

December 11th, 2014
New research finds that teens diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and conduct disorder are more likely to use alcohol and tobacco. The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study is among the first to assess such an association in this age group. Conduct disorder ...

Most Problem Drinkers Not Alcohol-Dependent

November 30th, 2014
Nine out of 10 adults who have a drinking problem are not alcohol dependent -- instead, they are binge drinkers and/or excessive drinkers, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Substance Abuse and ...

Brain Imaging Shows What Puts Teens at Risk for Substance Abuse

November 16th, 2014
A series of four experiments by neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center are helping researchers zero in on what puts teens at risk of alcohol use and abuse even before they start drinking. The experiments are part of the Adolescent Development Study, an ...