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2011-03-30 16:55:48

In a study of 1,721 Korean male drinkers aged 40 in an urban population"“based cohort, and another sample of 1,113 male drinkers from an independent rural cohort, information on average daily alcohol consumption was collected and DNA samples were collected for genotyping. In a genome-wide association (GWA) study, 12 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) on chromosome 12q24 had genome-wide significant associations with alcohol consumption. These polymorphisms were closely related to...

2011-03-28 22:50:16

With the decision to merge the NIAAA and NIDA into a single institution, many leading alcohol researchers believe that this could hinder alcoholism and addiction research     * A recent decision was made to merge the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) into a yet unnamed institution    * Other leading scientists (including the leading alcohol researchers who co-authored the paper) believe that...

2011-03-16 23:48:43

Results from a new study suggest that one of the most prescribed medications for alcohol dependence may be more effective in some people. Preliminary results show that naltrexone (Revia), one of the only medications approved for treating people with alcohol abuse problems, may only be effective in women and those with a specific genetic variation. The new study, conducted by researchers from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC) and McGill University, will be...

2011-03-15 21:02:46

    * The brain reward system (BRS) is involved in developing/maintaining addictive disorders, as well as relapse.    * New findings show that alcohol dependent individuals "“ both future abstainers and relapsers "“ have significantly thinner cortices in the BRS and throughout the entire brain.    * Findings support the influence of neurobiological factors on relapse. At least 60 percent of individuals treated for an alcohol use...

2011-03-15 21:01:32

    * Researchers believe that an early age at first drink (AFD) may lead to greater stress-induced drinking.    * A new study examines interactions between AFD and stressful life events on drinking during young adulthood.    * Findings indicate a strong link between an early AFD and later heavy drinking when confronted by a high load of stressful life events. Both animal and human research suggest that an early age at first drink (AFD) may lead...

2011-03-15 20:59:30

    * Naltrexone is one of the most effective pharmacological treatments for alcohol dependence.    * However, naltrexone does not work for everyone.    * A new study has found that naltrexone is effective for women, and individuals with the A118G polymorphism of the mu opioid receptor gene (OPRM1). There are few pharmacological treatments for alcohol dependence (AD). An opioid receptor antagonist called naltrexone is one of the most effective,...

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2011-03-14 15:35:00

British health officials said on Monday that a three-year-old child who was treated in the hospital for addiction to alcohol is thought to be the country's youngest alcoholic ever. The child was one of 13 people under the age of 12 who were diagnosed as alcoholics by the state-run National Health Service (NHS) in central England between the years 2008 and 2010. An NHS spokeswoman told the AFP news agency: "We treat alcohol abuse very seriously, and have specialist teams and experts on hand...

2011-03-02 02:07:46

Alcoholism is a tough addiction to kick. Eventually, most people return to drinking. But some Dutch and German psychological scientists have tested a short-term regime that promises to help alcoholics stay sober. Their study is published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association of Psychological Science. Heavy drinkers tend to behave impulsively in response to temptation. Meanwhile, their "reflective," or controlled, responses"”the thoughts that would help them resist...

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2011-03-01 09:31:56

Discovery could lead to new therapies for alcoholism University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers have identified two genes associated with binge drinking that may open doors to new, more effective treatments for excessive alcohol drinking. The scientists found that manipulating two receptors in the brain, GABA receptors and toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), "caused profound reduction" of binge drinking for two weeks in rodents that had been bred and trained to drink excessively. The...

2011-01-28 13:08:58

Researcher Pagano Reports Findings in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, Says Other Chronically Ill Patients May Benefit Too Participating in community service activities and helping others is not just good for the soul; it has a healing effect that helps alcoholics and other addicts become and stay sober, a researcher from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine reports. In a review article published in the Volume 29 issue of Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, Maria E. Pagano, PhD,...


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