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What Can Pavlov’s Dogs Tell US About Drinking?

s those cues can become desirable in and of themselves, as shown in a new study published in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience by researchers from Concordia University in Montreal.

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Alcohol Exposure During Adolescence Leads to Chronic Stress Vulnerability

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Drinking during early to mid-adolescence can lead to vulnerability to chronic stress, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. A research team led by Linda Spear, distinguished professor of psychology at Binghamton University, gave alcohol to rats every other day, starting from early to mid-adolescence. When the team looked at the same rats in adulthood, they found that adult males didn’t show hormonal stress adaptation, making them more vulnerable to chronic stress.

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Alcohol Intervention Programs Ineffective on Fraternity Members

Interventions designed to reduce alcohol use among fraternity members are no more effective than no intervention at all, according to an analysis of 25 years of research involving over 6,000 university students published by the American Psychological Association.

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Review Finds Fathers’ Age, Lifestyle Associated with Birth Defects

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A growing body of research is revealing associations between birth defects and a father’s age, alcohol use and environmental factors, say researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center. They say these defects result from epigenetic alterations that can potentially affect multiple generations.

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Genetic Link Found Between Impulsivity and Binge-Drinking Teens

Psychologists have discovered a new genetic link between impulsivity and teenage binge-drinking.

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Chronic Drinking Interferes with Absorption of Critical Vitamins by Pancreas

Chronic exposure to alcohol interferes with the pancreas’ ability to absorb vitamin C, potentially predisposing the body to pancreatitis and other pancreatic diseases, a new study in the American Journal of Physiology—Cell Physiology reports. The findings provide a link between chronic alcohol use and poor pancreatic health.

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Alcohol Accelerates Liver Damage in People Living with Hepatitis C

More comprehensive approaches to care needed, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Study Finds Many Patients Abusing Drugs and Alcohol Are Self-Medicating Chronic Pain

With opioid addiction and prescription drug abuse considered one of the biggest public health threats of our time in the U.S., many are asking why so many Americans are struggling with addiction to illegal drugs and prescription medications. New research suggests that chronic pain may be part of the answer.

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Hormone and Neurotransmitter Systems Disturbed in Alcoholics' Brains

The brain tissue of persons with alcohol dependence shows a variety of changes compared to non-alcoholic control persons. All alcoholics' brains share some characteristics, but some are exclusive to the brain tissue of anxiety-prone type 1 alcoholics or impulsive type 2 alcoholics, according to a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland.

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Chronic Heavy Alcohol Consumption May Make It Harder to Quit Smoking

Chronic heavy alcohol consumption may lead to an increase in the rate of nicotine metabolism, which could be a contributing factor to poor smoking cessation rates in smokers addicted to alcohol.

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One-Fifth of Young Drinkers Report Consuming 'Jello Shots,' BU Study Finds

About one in five underage youths reported consuming alcoholic jello shots in the past 30 days, and those youths were more likely to binge drink, consume more alcohol, and to have been involved in physical fights related to their drinking than their peers who did not consume jello shots, a study led by a Boston University School of Public Health researcher shows.