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The Pink Elephant in the Room is being ignored: why don’t we pay attention to the excessive drinking epidemic?

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More Americans are drinking at least once a week, according to a study published on August 9, 2017 in JAMA Psychiatry. This number could be as high as 30 million which is similar to the data reported for individuals with alcohol abuse or dependency. Women showed the largest increase in the latest study. Older Americans, […]

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Biomarker For Alcohol Use Is Especially Heightened In Binge Drinkers

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A biomarker found in the blood of regular alcohol drinkers is much higher in binge drinkers than in those who consume moderately, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The researchers believe the findings could lead to the biomarker phosphatidylethanol (PEth) being used to screen young adults for […]

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Eye Color Predicts Alcohol Dependence Risk

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Eye color may seem like a trivial feature, but a new novel study by genetic researchers at the University of Vermont shows eye color may be an indicator of whether you are likely to be an alcoholic. The study, published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, suggests individuals with blue eyes face […]

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Can Virtual Reality Help Alcoholics Manage Cravings?

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A new virtual reality therapy may be able to help reduce cravings in those who struggle with alcohol abuse and addiction, according to a small study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. While the study relied on a small sample of only 12 patients, the researchers behind the study say they […]

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Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs Reduce Chance of Future Criminal Offenses

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New research published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research shows criminal offenders with alcohol problems who enter an alcohol treatment program as part of their sentence are drastically less likely to be charged or convicted of another crime during the 12 months following their treatment. The researchers from Plymouth University in the U.K. […]

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Researchers Find Gene Network Linked To Alcohol Dependence

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A new report published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry claims to have identified a network of genes that work together to determine alcohol dependence in individuals. The researchers believe the findings could potentially lead to more effective treatments and therapies for alcoholics, as well as hopefully improving screening for alcoholism. The team compared patterns of […]

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Researchers Show Multiple Risk Factors For Teen Alcohol Abuse

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Researchers from the Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) are taking part in an effort to uncover predictive brain factors in behaviors which could help identify teens who are at heightened risk of alcohol abuse before they ever start drinking. With four abstracts from the Adolescent Development Study set to be presented at Neuroscience 2014, the […]

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Can a Pill Help Alcoholics To Not Crave Alcohol?

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Normally, mixing alcohol and pills is a bad idea, but The Guardian recently reported The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) – which oversees public health in Britain – has found the pill can help alcoholics quit craving beer, wine, and hard liquor. According to NICE’s findings, nalmefene tablets can cut drinking by […]

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Midlife Alcohol Abuse May Impair Memory and Thinking Later in Life

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There are already numerous health issues associated with midlife alcohol abuse, but a new report says it may also affect your memory. According to new study findings published in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, severe memory impairment later in life is twice as likely among middle-aged adults with a history of alcohol use disorders. […]

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Dangerous Drinking Plays a Part in 1 of Every 10 Early Deaths

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Alcohol is regularly in the top five substances most commonly abused, but yet its danger is regularly underestimated by the general public. Unfortunately, that naive view of alcohol’s risks has allowed for countless deaths. So many deaths in fact, that a new study published in the June issue of Preventing Chronic Disease found that alcohol […]

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