Latest Substance-related disorders Stories

2012-02-16 12:51:42

Varenicline/Chantix may reduce drinking by increasing alcohol's aversive effects A medication commonly used to help people stop smoking may have an unanticipated positive side effect for an entirely different vice: drinking alcohol. A new study by University of Chicago researchers finds that varenicline, sold as Chantix, increases the negative effects of alcohol and therefore could hold promise as a treatment for alcoholism. A group of heavy-to-moderate social drinkers given a single...

Hospitalization Of Underage Drinkers Common And Costly
2012-02-16 11:31:02

A recent Mayo Clinic study has found that hospitalization for underage drinking is common in the US, with costs reaching upwards of $755 million annually, researchers reported in the online edition of the Journal of Adolescent Health. They also found geographic and demographic differences in the incidence of hospital admissions related to use of alcohol. Of the 40,000 adolescents between ages 15 and 20 who were hospitalized in 2008, the most recent data available, 79 percent were drunk...

2012-02-16 11:19:22

New evidence that receptors for brain's 'reward' chemical provide protection Brain scans of two strains of mice imbibing significant quantities of alcohol reveal serious shrinkage in some brain regions - but only in mice lacking a particular type of receptor for dopamine, the brain's "reward" chemical. The study, conducted at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and published in the May 2012 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, now online,...

2012-02-16 11:10:07

    Frequent drinking can establish changes in the processing of alcohol cues that can, in turn, facilitate renewed drinking unless the resulting impulse to drink is inhibited.     A new study has looked at the interaction between automatically activated approach tendencies and adolescent ability and motivation to inhibit and reflect upon drinking behaviors.     Results show that stricter parental rules about drinking are highly protective,...

2012-02-16 11:08:01

    A new study has examined how smoking-cessation aide varenicline may reduce drinking.     Results indicate that varenicline may reduce drinking by increasing alcohol's aversive effects.     Specifically, varenicline may increase blood pressure, heart rate, as well as ratings of dysphoria and nausea. Varenicline is an effective smoking-cessation medication that may also reduce drinking. However, the means by which it might reduce drinking is...

7.5 Million Children Live With An Alcoholic Parent
2012-02-16 08:36:23

More than one in ten children in the United States live with a parent who has had an alcohol disorder within the past year, and are at an increased risk of developing a host of mental health problems, according to a new study released today. Researchers with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) analyzed national data from the 2005-2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and discovered that around 7.5 million children -- 10.5 percent of US...

2012-02-15 13:55:00

Steven Sherman, founder of "Just Pray NO!" announces that the 22nd Annual "Worldwide Weekend of Prayer and Fasting" will take place the weekend of April 14 — April 15, 2012. Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) February 15, 2012 Whitney Houston did not die from drowning, but rather from what appears to be a combination of Xanax and other prescription drugs mixed with alcohol. http://www.tmz.com/2012/02/13/whitney-houston-cause-of-death-prescription-drugs-drowning-atlanta/ In spite of beauty, talent...

2012-02-14 19:00:00

After positive results treating mature adult clients with HeartMath, The Camp will now provide teenage clients with this holistic tool that can aid in recovery by relieving stress and stabilizing emotions. Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) February 14, 2012 The Camp, a unique residential drug and alcohol treatment center located on 25 peaceful acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, recognizes the value of holistic therapies that complement standard addiction treatment. By addressing the...

2012-02-12 08:00:00

The producers of Today in America with Terry Bradshaw are proud to introduce the launch of a new series, Breaking Free from Addiction, as a Today in America sample. Coral Springs, FL (PRWEB) February 12, 2012 Stories about how addiction has ruined lives are common in our society today. Most Americans have been affected in some way by addiction to alcohol, nicotine, illicit substances, and other addictive behaviors. Yet, addiction is a phenomenon that is often surrounded by...

2012-02-09 00:21:20

A voluntary substance prevention program held after school and presented by trained facilitators can help reduce alcohol use among young adolescents, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Results suggest that if prevention researchers build programs with developmentally relevant content, and provide this content in an engaging, confidential and non-judgmental way, it can help middle school-aged children avoid alcohol. The article is published online in the journal Prevention Science....

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  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
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