Alcoholism News

Alcohol & Many Medications Make A Risky Mix

January 19th, 2015
A new study finds that almost 42 percent of U.S. drinkers have also used one or more prescription medications that interact with alcohol -- everything from blood pressure medications to diabetes drugs to antidepressants. Although 71 percent of American adults drink alcohol, little is known ...

Eczema Woes More Than Skin Deep

January 18th, 2015
A new study finds that eczema, a chronic itchy skin disease that often starts in childhood, wreaks havoc on patients’ lives. The study from Northwestern University discovered that adults suffering from eczema have higher rates of smoking, drinking and obesity and are less ...

Drinking Before Bedtime Can Disrupt Sleep

January 17th, 2015
For many, an alcoholic drink before sleeping acts as a sedative, but will later disrupt sleep, according to a new study. The sedative effect is marked by the delta frequency electroencephalogram (EEG) activity of Slow Wave Sleep (SWS), but is later associated with ...

Long Work Hours Can Lead to Alcohol Risk

January 15th, 2015
New research from the U.K. suggests that employees who work more than 48 hours per week are more likely to engage in risky alcohol consumption than those who work standard weeks. Risky alcohol consumption is considered as more than 14 drinks per week ...

Substance Abuse in the Elderly

January 8th, 2015
Substance abuse issues among the elderly represent a growing public health concern. Researchers say that close to three million Americans aged 55 and older suffer from alcohol abuse -- and this figure is expected to reach nearly six million by 2020. Moreover, the rate ...

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, ...