Substance Abuse News

Researchers Predict Which Teens Will Binge Drink

July 6th, 2014
In a new international study, researchers say it is possible to predict which teens will binge-drink. The findings, published in the journal Nature, show that factors such as life experience, personality, and brain structure are strong factors linked to future alcohol misuse. For ...

One in Six Teens Who Visit ER Suffer Dating Violence

July 5th, 2014
A new study finds that of adolescents visiting a hospital’s emergency department for any reason, one in five girls and one in eight boys reported dating violence in the past year. Published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, the study also found that dating ...

Addiction Starts With Overcorrection in the Brain

July 5th, 2014
New research suggests that the process of a brain becoming addicted is similar to a driver overcorrecting a vehicle. When drugs and alcohol release unnaturally high levels of dopamine in the brain’s pleasure system, oxidative stress occurs in the brain, according to scientists ...

Schizophrenia, Cannabis Use May Share Common Genes

July 5th, 2014
Genes that increase a person’s risk of developing schizophrenia may also increase the likelihood of using cannabis, according to a new study led by King’s College London.  Previous studies have shown a connection between cannabis use and schizophrenia, but it remained unclear exactly ...

Alcohol Disorders More Likely to Push Women Off Career Ladder

July 2nd, 2014
A new study reviewed the relationship between occupation and alcohol use disorders (AUDs) in workers during early adulthood to middle age, and the news for women in particular should give pause. Investigators focused on the "substantive complexity" of work as an indicator of ...

Many Teens Get Lots of Pot Tweets

June 30th, 2014
It appears that many teens are being bombarded with tweets encouraging marijuana use. A new study discovered that during an eight-month period in 2013, a marijuana-related Twitter account sent out more than 2,200 messages to some one million followers, 73 percent of whom ...

Homeless Alcoholics Typically Begin Drinking as Children

June 29th, 2014
A new study has found that homeless alcoholics typically began drinking as children. According to study author Dr. Ryan McCormack of New York University School of Medicine in New York, N.Y., 100 percent of the patients enrolled in the study at Bellevue Hospital ...

Heavy Alcohol Use Tied to 1 in 10 Deaths of Working-Age Adults

June 28th, 2014
Excessive alcohol use is linked to one in 10 deaths among adults ages 20 to 64 years of age in the United States, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Excessive alcohol use is a leading cause of preventable death ...

Waking Up During Surgery Not Tied to PTSD

June 23rd, 2014
Finnish researchers confirm in a study in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia that patients who remain aware during anesthesia and surgery do not seem to be at increased risk of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other problems with psychosocial well-being. "We found no ...

Mouse Study Finds Sun Exposure Releases Endorphins

June 21st, 2014
A new mouse study has found that continuous exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation causes the release of endorphins, known as feel-good hormones, leading to physical dependence, tolerance, and addiction-like behavior in the rodents. This could explain why people have an instinctive desire to ...