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Chemical Targeting of a Specific Brain Area Can Reduce Binge Drinking

Decades of clinical and pre-clinical studies have demonstrated that chronic drinking leads to long-lasting changes in reward- and stress-related neuronal circuitry. The nucleus accumbens (NAc) is an important part of this circuitry. Designer...
13-Apr-2018 3:40 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Hangovers: Effectively Measuring Your Pain

Many young adults know firsthand that alcohol hangovers are unpleasant. However, few psychometrically sound instruments (tests that accurately measure personality, mental ability, opinions, etc.) have measured hangovers beyond the college-age years....
11-Apr-2018 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

High-School Students’ Binge Drinking Predicts Health-Risk Behaviors

Underage drinking can lead to risky or harmful behaviors that include unintentional and unprotected sex, physical and sexual assault, traffic and other injuries, suicide, homicide, and overdoses. Binge drinking among adults is defined as five drinks...
5-Apr-2018 7:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Searching for Genetic Contributors to Alcohol Sensitivity

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a complex trait, both in its causes and characteristics. Individuals’ sensitivity to alcohol can predict their risk of adverse alcohol outcomes like AUD. Further, AUD runs in families, reflecting in part a genetic...
2-Apr-2018 9:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Social Drinkers Who Wear Lampshades – The Effects of Alcohol in Real-Life Social Interactions

Alcohol use in social settings can have both desirable and undesirable effects – ranging from better mood and less anxiety to verbal and physical aggression, including violence. These outcomes often reflect the interplay of factors that are both...
29-Mar-2018 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Text-Messaging Can Help Liver-Transplant Candidates Maintain Sobriety

Each year in the U.S., more than 40,000 patients need a liver transplant because of complications associated with cirrhosis and liver failure. Alcohol-related liver disease (ALD) alone accounts for nearly 30 percent of all liver transplants, yet up...
27-Feb-2018 5:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Alcohol Intervention for Emerging Adults Who Are Not Attending College

Emerging adulthood (between ages 18-25) is a period of critical vulnerability for problematic alcohol use. A substantial amount of research has examined alcohol risks in college-student populations, while much less research has focused on emerging...
22-Feb-2018 5:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Beyond Abstinence: Well-Being Also Matters

Alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment and recovery research typically focuses on outcomes such as 'days abstinent.' Yet the degree to which individuals may be functioning better physically, socially and psychologically, how happy they may be, and...
20-Feb-2018 7:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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