Tags: Alcoholism

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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Chester Bennington’s suicide followed a life of depression, addiction, and trauma

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Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington was always upfront about his struggles with depression, substance abuse, and trauma from sexual abuse as a child. The way he channeled these demons through his voice and words helped countless fans cope with their own trials, expressing their own emotions in ways they never could. Last Thursday, the singer […]

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Why Ben Affleck’s Alcoholism Confession Matters

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Last week, actor, director, screenwriter, and two-time Oscar winner, Ben Affleck revealed to the world he has completed treatment for alcohol addiction in a post to fans on Facebook. I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I've dealt with in the past and will continue to confront. … Posted by Ben Affleck on Tuesday, March […]

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Michael Phelps: From Gold Medals to Rock Bottom and Back Again

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  When Michael Phelps won his 23rd gold medal at the Olympics this weekend with his teammates in a relay race, he looked happier than ever. He continued to cement himself as the world’s greatest Olympic swimmer with his fiancée and young child cheering him on. But, just two years ago he says he was […]

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Women With Eating Disorders At Higher Risk For Risky Drinking

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Eating disorders contribute to countless symptoms and health risks, but often the way eating disorders influence risky behaviors and other mental health issues is overlooked or forgotten. A new study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders makes this clear. According to the report from researchers at the University of Helsinki, women with eating […]

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New Class of Drugs Could Potentially Treat Alcoholism Without Negative Side Effects

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In the past few decades, alcoholism treatment has come leaps and bounds in terms of effectiveness and availability, but most common alcoholism therapies come with significant unwanted side effects. Now, new research presented at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is suggesting a new class of drugs may be […]

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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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