Substance Abuse News

Teens Have Strong Misperceptions of Peers’ Behavior

January 9th, 2015
Teens significantly overestimate their peers involvement in substance use and sexual behaviors, but underestimate the amount of time their peers spend studying or exercising, according to new research based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since teens are sensitive to ...

Parents Can Make a Difference in Teen Drinking Practices

January 9th, 2015
Emerging research finds parenting practices and restrictions when it comes to alcohol use can significantly influence adolescent drinking behaviors. University of Buffalo psychologist Craig Colder discovered consistent and sustained parental attitudes can make a difference in a child's use of alcohol. This ...

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 ...

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 ...

Doctors Prescribing Fewer Opioids for Pain

December 27th, 2014
Nine out of 10 primary care doctors say that prescription drug abuse is a problem in their communities, and nearly half say they are less likely to prescribe opioids for pain than they were a year ago, according to a new study ...

Brain’s Reward System Begins Normalizing a Few Months Into Opioid Remission

December 23rd, 2014
A few months into recovery, patients who have successfully stopped taking prescription opioids show signs that their brains’ natural reward systems are starting to normalize, according to a new study published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine. The researchers assessed changes in the ...