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2011-08-08 12:36:00

CENTER CITY, Minn., Aug. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The frequency of attending Twelve Step mutual support meetings following addiction treatment can help predict success in early recovery for young women, according to a data analysis study conducted by Hazelden's Butler Center for Research and reported in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly. Meeting attendance frequency predicted both abstinence from substance use and number of drinking days at six months post-treatment for young women...

2011-07-25 14:31:00

MENLO PARK, Calif., July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --In recognition of achieving "an unparalleled level of success in alcoholism research" that has advanced scientific knowledge, the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) has awarded its 2011 Distinguished Researcher Award to Adolf Pfefferbaum, M.D., director of the Neuroscience Program in the Center for Health Sciences at SRI International and a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of...

2011-07-19 15:23:15

A group of French scientists (from the Unit of Research on Nutritional Epidemiology, French National Institute for Agricultural Research, Bobigny, France; the French Institute for Prevention and Health Education, St. Denis, France; and the French National Cancer Institute) have published a paper in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) on guidelines for drinking and the relation of alcohol to cancer. They conclude that:     * Guidelines for sensible drinking are based...

2011-07-18 14:00:10

    * A low level of response (LR) to alcohol is one of several genetically influenced characteristics that may increase an individual's risk for heavy drinking and alcohol problems.    * A new study has examined the LR model of risk among adolescents in the United Kingdom.    * Findings indicate that a low LR is related to more adverse alcohol outcomes through partial mediation by peer substance use, positive expectancies of the effects of...

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2011-07-17 06:00:00

Teenage girls may be more vulnerable to the long term effects of binge drinking than their male counterparts, claims a new study from researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Stanford University. As part of the study, which will be published in the October 2011 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, UCSD Psychiatry Professor Susan F. Tapert and colleagues studied a total of 95 students, ages 16 to 19, from nearby public schools. Of those subjects,...

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2011-07-05 09:32:33

A study by University of Washington psychologists shows some people continue to drink heavily because of perceived positive effects, despite experiencing negative effects such as hangovers, fights and regrettable sexual situations. According to participants in the study, boosts of courage, chattiness and other social benefits of drinking outweigh its harms, which they generally did not consider as strong deterrents. The findings offer a new direction for programs targeting binge drinking,...

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2011-06-28 12:29:15

The research is presented this week at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism in Atlanta. By Dawn Fuller, University of Cincinnati It's considered a rite of passage among young people "“ acting out their independence through heavy, episodic drinking. But a new University of Cincinnati study, the first of its kind nationally, is showing how binge drinking among adolescents and young adults could be causing serious damage to a brain that's still under development at this...

2011-06-28 09:30:00

BETHESDA, Md., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Summer is a wonderful time for outdoor activities with family and friends. For many people, a day at the beach, on the boat, or at a backyard barbecue will include drinking alcoholic beverages. But excessive drinking and summer activities don't mix. Drinking impairs both physical and mental abilities, and it also decreases inhibitions--which can lead to tragic consequences on the water, on the road, and in the great outdoors. In fact, research...

2011-06-16 12:18:10

While alcohol has a wide range of pharmacological effects on the body, the brain is a primary target. However, the molecular mechanisms by which alcohol alters neuronal activity in the brain are poorly understood. Participants in a symposium at the June 2010 annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism in San Antonio, Texas addressed recent findings concerning the interactions of alcohol with prototype brain proteins thought to underlie alcohol actions in the brain. Proceedings will...

2011-06-16 12:17:18

People seeking help for their alcohol or other drug problems enter treatment with very different levels of motivation to change. Differences in motivation appear to make a critical difference in which patients seek, comply with, and complete treatment. Findings from a study of the extent to which motivation and self-efficacy "“ the confidence to resist temptation and to abstain from drinking "“ changed during treatment, and the degree to which these variables affected drinking...


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