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2013-09-13 11:00:45

-Approximately one-third of all fatal crashes each year in the U.S. involve an alcohol-impaired driver. -New research compares individuals' perceived dangerousness of driving after drinking while intoxicated with those perceptions while sober. -Results show that sober knowledge does not necessarily translate into responsible judgment while intoxicated. Approximately one-third of all fatal crashes each year in the U.S. involve an alcohol-impaired driver. Prior research has shown that...

2010-05-05 14:41:49

Genetic differences in alcohol-metabolizing enzymes can significantly alter an individual's risk for developing alcohol dependence (AD). One variant of the alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme, ADH1B*3, is observed almost exclusively in populations with African ancestry and has also been associated with reduced rates of AD. A new study has found that greater levels of sedation in African Americans with ADH1B*3 may explain their lower rates of AD. Results will be published in the July 2010 issue of...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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