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2010-11-12 12:00:00

SEABROOK, N.J., Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seabrook House, an internationally recognized inpatient addictions treatment center, applauds Nickelodeon for its decision to address the pain and trauma of having an alcoholic parent in the upcoming special, "Under the Influence: Kids of Alcoholics," premiering Sunday, Nov. 14 at 9 p.m. Stephanie Loebs, vice president of treatment services at Seabrook House, is the vice chair of the board for the National Association of Children of...

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2010-11-11 11:46:36

Alcohol does much more harm to the body than just damaging the liver. Drinking also can weaken the immune system, slow healing, impair bone formation, increase the risk of HIV transmission and hinder recovery from burns, trauma, bleeding and surgery. Researchers released the latest findings on such negative effects of alcohol during a meeting Nov. 19 of the Alcohol and Immunology Research Interest Group, held at Loyola University Medical Center. At Loyola, about 50 faculty members,...

2010-11-05 15:02:00

CHICAGO, Nov. 5, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Many see the holidays as a time to celebrate, but when does the celebrating go too far? One in three high school teens say they are allowed to drink at home for special events like holidays, according to a recent study from Students Against Destructive Decisions and Liberty Mutual Group. Among college students, studies show the numbers rise to 80 percent consuming alcohol. But Kimberly Dennis, M.D. and medical director at Timberline Knolls Residential...

2010-10-26 14:16:00

CHICAGO, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Nicknamed "blackout in a can" or "liquid cocaine," alcoholic energy drink Four Loko seems like the perfect cocktail because the combination of alcohol and caffeine can heighten the buzz for those drinking it. The mix can be especially tempting for college students, even more so if they have or are predisposed to alcoholism. Dr. Kimberly Dennis, Medical Director at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, warns the effects can be seriously damaging...

2010-10-25 10:07:17

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Alcohol, to an adolescent, is usually seen as a rite of passage. Many teenagers view drinking as a gateway into adulthood, or independence. Most teenagers, in the confusion of blissful drunkenness, fail to consider the damages they may be causing their bodies.  A new study shows that both alcohol and marijuana overuse can cause serious detrimental effect on the development of the teenage mind. "The effects of alcohol and marijuana use on cognition in adults have...

2010-10-22 10:09:16

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- The first experimental evidence to directly support the idea that genetic differences make some people more susceptible to the addictive effects of alcohol and other drugs was provided in this study. The study compared the brain's response to long-term alcohol drinking in two genetic variants of mice. One strain lacked the gene for dopamine D2, a specific brain receptor that responds to dopamine. Dopamine is the brain's "feel good" chemical. It produces feelings of...

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2010-10-20 09:55:00

Researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine have discovered a gene that they say plays a key role in the metabolic processing of alcohol. The discovery of the gene CYP2E1, which was located by UNC Genetics Professor Kirk Wilhelmsen and his colleagues in the terminal region of chromosome 10, could help protect against alcoholism. Between 10% and 20% of people possess a gene variant that has been linked to a low tolerance to alcoholic beverages. As a result, they...

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2010-10-18 11:04:27

It may be in their dopamine Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances, and men are up to twice as likely to develop alcoholism as women. Until now, the underlying biology contributing to this difference in vulnerability has remained unclear. A new study published in Biological Psychiatry reveals that dopamine may be an important factor. Researchers from Columbia and Yale studied male and female college-age social drinkers in a laboratory test of alcohol consumption. After...

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2010-09-29 21:16:47

More people are drinking than 20 years ago, according to a UT Southwestern Medical Center analysis of national alcohol consumption patterns. Gathered from more than 85,000 respondents, the data suggests that a variety of factors, including social, economic and ethnic influences and pressures, are involved in the increase."The reasons for the uptick vary and may involve complex sociodemographic changes in the population, but the findings are clear: More people are consuming alcohol now than in...

2010-09-29 07:34:00

CHICAGO, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Until Chris Prentiss discovered his son Pax suffered from addiction to heroin and alcohol, the thought of any type of treatment for addiction was relatively foreign to him. For ten years, Chris helped Pax battle heroin in the fight for his life. All they heard from the specialists in the addiction field was the same sad story: "Alcoholism and addiction are incurable diseases and your son will be an addict and an alcoholic for the rest of his life." They...