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Transgender College Students May Use Alcohol as a Coping Mechanism

Although college can be demanding for young adults, it may be particularly so for transgender students struggling with identity-formation and other emotional, social, and developmental challenges. Prior research suggests that transgender students...
17-Mar-2017 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Anxiety Is a Stronger Harbinger of Alcohol Problems Than Stress

Stress and anxiety are widely believed to contribute to drinking. Alcohol is thought to reduce tension caused by stress (the “flight or fight” response) as well as alleviate the unpleasant symptoms of anxiety (anticipation of the unpredictable,...
7-Mar-2017 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Social Rejection by Those Closest to You Can Lead to Subsequent Drinking

The need to belong and experience social connections is a fundamental human characteristic. Prior research has shown that social rejection is linked to increases in negative emotions, distress, and hostility. This study examined the impact of social...
27-Feb-2017 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

When Russians Purchase Counterfeit Alcohol

Although counterfeit alcohol is a new phenomenon in most of the world, it has been a longstanding problem in Russia. In 2002, illegal commercial alcohol products totaled more than half of the alcohol retail turnover in that country. More recently,...
18-Feb-2017 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Variability in Local Costs of Substance Abuse Across California

The average news consumer might be surprised to learn that the economic costs of alcohol abuse far exceed those related to illegal drug use. In California, alcohol abuse cost $129 billion in 2010, $3,450 per California resident. That was almost...
14-Feb-2017 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Pain During Alcohol Withdrawal: Electroacupuncture May Help

Hyperalgesia refers to an increased sensitivity to pain. It can occur during alcohol withdrawal, and may contribute to a relapse to drinking. Alternative therapies such as acupuncture and electroacupuncture (EA; which combines acupuncture with...
2-Feb-2017 9:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Immune System Suppression May Be Related to Problem Drinking

Cytokines are small proteins in the immune system that act as chemical messengers between cells. Prior research suggests that pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines are dysfunctional during alcohol dependence and may contribute to the progression from...
30-Jan-2017 9:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Posttraumatic Stress and Alcohol Use Disorders Hit American-Indian and Alaskan-Native Men the Hardest

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after a traumatic event or events. Although it is most often associated with military personnel exposed to the trauma of combat, it can also disproportionately affect vulnerable American Indian and...
25-Jan-2017 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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