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Newswise: Cheers! Brewing Program Taps into Local Partnership to Sell Beer
Released: 13-May-2024 4:05 PM EDT
Cheers! Brewing Program Taps into Local Partnership to Sell Beer
University of Northern Colorado

Yetters Brewing Company and UNC’s Brewing Laboratory Science program team up to brew and sell new craft beer — Northern Colorado Brewhouse launches first flight April 24 on campus.

Newswise: Polypectomy Technique, Artificial Intelligence, and More in the May Issue of AJG
Released: 8-May-2024 1:05 PM EDT
Polypectomy Technique, Artificial Intelligence, and More in the May Issue of AJG
American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

The May issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology highlights new clinical science and reviews on hepatic encephalopathy management using a smartphone app’s artificial intelligence, cyclic vomiting syndrome prevalence and incidence, alcohol-associated liver disease and alcohol use disorder in young women, and polypectomy technique.

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18-Apr-2024 7:00 AM EDT
Low Levels of Alcohol May Not Be Good for Us After All, According to New Analytical Approaches
Research Society on Alcoholism

Low-to-moderate drinking may not be protective against certain health conditions, and “safe” alcohol use guidelines may be substantially off base. These are among the implications of a review of studies that use a novel research method.

     
17-Apr-2024 7:00 AM EDT
How Young Adults Perceive the Risk of a Single Drink—Versus Whether They See Risk in Binge Drinking—May Drive Heavy Alcohol Use
Research Society on Alcoholism

When drinking choices are perceived as “just one drink,” with each single drink representing relatively slight risk, it may ironically lead to heavier drinking and alcohol-related harms.

     
16-Apr-2024 7:05 AM EDT
Alcohol-Induced Blackouts May Be Linked to How a Person Drinks, Not Just How Much
Research Society on Alcoholism

Certain drinking behaviors beyond just the quantity of alcohol consumed may predict the likelihood a person will experience an alcohol-induced blackout, a condition where someone is conscious and engaging with their surroundings but will be unable to remember some or any of what occurred.

     
Newswise: Researchers Show Chemical Found Naturally in Cannabis May Reduce Anxiety-Inducing Effects of THC
Released: 10-Apr-2024 11:00 AM EDT
Researchers Show Chemical Found Naturally in Cannabis May Reduce Anxiety-Inducing Effects of THC
Johns Hopkins Medicine

A Johns Hopkins Medicine-led research team has added to evidence that a chemical found naturally in cannabis (also known as marijuana) can — in the right amounts — lessen the anxiety-inducing effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive sister chemical found in cannabis.

8-Apr-2024 3:05 PM EDT
‘Deaths of despair’ among Black Americans surpassed those of white Americans in 2022
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A new analysis by researchers at UCLA Health found that mortality rates of middle-aged Black Americans caused by the “deaths of despair” -- suicide, drug overdose and alcoholic liver disease – surpassed the rate of white Americans in 2022.

Newswise: Heavy Alcohol Use May Increase Type 2 Diabetes Risk in Middle-aged Adults
1-Apr-2024 9:00 AM EDT
Heavy Alcohol Use May Increase Type 2 Diabetes Risk in Middle-aged Adults
American Physiological Society (APS)

Heavy alcohol use may increase middle-aged adults’ risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to research to be presented this week at the American Physiology Summit in Long Beach, California. The Summit is the flagship annual meeting of the American Physiological Society (APS).

Newswise: A Deep Dive Into the Genetics of Alcohol Consumption
4-Apr-2024 1:30 PM EDT
A Deep Dive Into the Genetics of Alcohol Consumption
University of California San Diego

Some people have genes that protect them from alcohol abuse. An examination of databases at 23andMe reveal that those same alcohol-protective variants have associations with conditions and behaviors that may have nothing to do with alcohol.

Newswise: Double Trouble: The Risks of Mixing Alcohol and Sports Wagering
Released: 2-Apr-2024 1:05 PM EDT
Double Trouble: The Risks of Mixing Alcohol and Sports Wagering
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

UNLV study finds binge drinking is disproportionately more common among sports bettors than non-gamblers or those who don't wager on sports.

Released: 1-Apr-2024 7:05 PM EDT
Drinking Too Much Worse for Women's Hearts
Newswise Review

A recent study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session has unveiled startling findings regarding the association between alcohol consumption and the risk of coronary heart disease, particularly among young to middle-aged women.

26-Mar-2024 5:05 PM EDT
The Timing and Patterns of Drinking During Pregnancy, Not Just Amounts Consumed, are Linked to Varying Effects on Fetal and Child Development
Research Society on Alcoholism

When and how mothers drink alcohol during pregnancy has major implications for fetal and child development, according to two new studies in Alcohol: Clinical & Experimental Research. The effects of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) include stillbirth, preterm delivery, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

     
26-Mar-2024 7:05 AM EDT
Adapting Coping Strategies to Drinking Context May Lead to Greater Success in Quitting Problem Drinking
Research Society on Alcoholism

People who are able to adapt their self-regulation skills depending on the context are more likely to be successful in quitting harmful drinking.

     
25-Mar-2024 7:05 AM EDT
Insomnia Symptoms May Predict Subsequent Drinking in Adults
Research Society on Alcoholism

People with symptoms of insomnia may be likely to increase their drinking over time, according to a study published in Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research. In the study of adult drinkers, people who had worse insomnia symptoms at the outset of the study tended to increase the amount they drank and the number of times they binge drank during the subsequent year. The researchers found that, even at subclinical levels, insomnia symptoms were a significant predictor of future drinking in adults, suggesting that insomnia symptoms should be addressed to help reduce the risk of problem drinking.

     
Newswise: Experts Highlight Strategies for Cancer Control and Prevention
Released: 27-Mar-2024 9:05 AM EDT
Experts Highlight Strategies for Cancer Control and Prevention
Rutgers Cancer Institute

Many cancers can be prevented, and others can be detected early in their development, treated and cured.

21-Mar-2024 7:05 AM EDT
People Use Multiple Strategies to Successfully Resolve Alcohol Use Disorder Without Treatment
Research Society on Alcoholism

While highly effective, specialty alcohol treatment may present barriers, such as cost and stigma. A variety of strategies and other factors—often in combination—help people address their problem drinking without the use of specialized alcohol services, according to a study of untreated people in recovery from alcohol use disorder.

     
Released: 20-Mar-2024 10:05 AM EDT
Nudging the public’s thirst for draught alcohol-free beers could significantly reduce alcohol-associated harms, new study finds
University of Bristol

Making alcohol-free beer more widely available on draught in pubs and bars may help people switch from alcoholic to alcohol-free beer, a new study published in Addiction today [21 March], has found. Pubs and bars taking part in the University of Bristol, UK, led trial saw an increase in sales of healthier non-alcoholic draught beer.

Released: 1-Mar-2024 11:05 AM EST
Auto industry deadlines loom for impaired-driver detection tech, U-M offers a low-cost solution
University of Michigan

Cameras similar to those already on newer model cars, combined with facial recognition tools, could read the "tells" of impairment in the face and upper body of a driver, University of Michigan engineers have shown.

24-Feb-2024 6:05 AM EST
Facilitators of Group Interventions Play a Vital Role in Reducing Drinking Among Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness
Research Society on Alcoholism

Skilled facilitators of an alcohol intervention based on motivational interviewing are key to promoting safer drinking behaviors among young adults experiencing homelessness, a new study suggests. The study is the first to examine the effects of the group process on emerging adults’ drinking outcomes using several different measures of group dynamics. Some young adults experiencing homelessness can access services at drop-in centers, but interventions must be brief and feasible in resource-stretched environments. Previous studies of AWARE, an intervention based on motivational interviewing in a four-session group format, found reductions in drinking in this vulnerable population. It is not well understood, however, which aspects of the group experience—process, structure, and clinician behavior—contribute to these outcomes. Research points to the importance of change talk (e.g., “I’m quitting for the summer”), cohesion (group bonding), climate (group engagement and mutual support), and

     
22-Feb-2024 3:05 AM EST
Experiencing a Disaster May Lead to Long-term Increases in Problem Drinking
Research Society on Alcoholism

People who experienced a disaster had a higher prevalence of problem alcohol use in the years after the disaster, and the rates of problem alcohol use increased over time. A study of nuclear power plant workers who experienced a disaster found that those who were exposed to life-threatening danger, discrimination, death of a colleague, or major property loss had an increased prevalence of problem alcohol use. However, for some, the increase in problem drinking did not occur until more than a year after the disaster. The study’s findings, recently published in Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research, point to the prolonged impacts on people who experience disaster and the importance of providing long-term monitoring and support beyond the immediate aftermath of the disaster.

     
22-Feb-2024 3:05 AM EST
People Who Tend to Act Rashly When Upset May Anticipate Greater Positive and Negative Effects from Drinking Alcohol
Research Society on Alcoholism

People who tend to act rashly when upset may be more likely to expect alcohol to affect them—both positively and negatively—and may be more likely to want to drink to improve their mood. Mood changes, whether positive, negative, or neutral, did not alter these beliefs, according to a study of college students published in a recent issue of Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research. This study helps to inform further research on the relationship between impulsivity and alcohol misuse.

     
Newswise: College Students Appear Resistant to Using 988 Crisis Phone Line
Released: 20-Feb-2024 8:05 AM EST
College Students Appear Resistant to Using 988 Crisis Phone Line
American Counseling Association

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline launched across the U.S. nearly 2 years ago. But college students — who are particularly vulnerable to substance use problems and related mental health crises — appear disinclined to use it, according to new research.

14-Feb-2024 7:05 AM EST
Music Exposes Listeners to Alcohol References, Potentially Influencing Drinking
Research Society on Alcoholism

At least one in four contemporary songs references alcohol, according to an analysis of multiple studies that hints at the effects of music exposure on listeners’ drinking.

     
Newswise: Borderline personality disorder patients more likely to seek hospital care
Released: 14-Feb-2024 11:05 PM EST
Borderline personality disorder patients more likely to seek hospital care
Flinders University

A new study by Flinders University has uncovered links between a patient’s initial diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, or BPD, and their recurrent visits to hospital.

Released: 13-Feb-2024 11:05 AM EST
Life doesn't stop at age 65. Get the latest on seniors and healthy aging in the Seniors channel
Newswise

Below are some of the latest research and features on this growing population of older adults in the Seniors channel on Newswise.

Newswise: The Rising Costs of Alcohol-Associated Liver Disease and More in the February Issue of AJG
Released: 8-Feb-2024 8:00 AM EST
The Rising Costs of Alcohol-Associated Liver Disease and More in the February Issue of AJG
American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

A modeling study projecting the economic and social burden of alcohol-associated liver disease by 2040 is featured in the February 2024 issue of AJG, just one month after the new ACG Clinical Guideline on Alcohol-Associated Liver Disease

Released: 7-Feb-2024 10:05 AM EST
Male sex, high age, little physical exercise and low level of education are associated with allostatic load
University of Eastern Finland

Allostatic load refers to a disorder of the body’s stress response, which has been shown to increase the risk of mortality and various health risks, as well as being associated with mental disorders.

Released: 6-Feb-2024 7:05 AM EST
Homelessness leads to more drug, alcohol poisoning deaths
University of Georgia

Reducing homelessness by 25% could save almost 2,000 lives lost to opioid overdoses, according to new research from the University of Georgia.

29-Jan-2024 10:00 PM EST
Intersectional Study of Alcohol Treatment Completion Reveals Significantly Greater Disparities for Women of Color Than Examining by Race or Gender Alone
Research Society on Alcoholism

An intersectional study of alcohol treatment completion rates reveals striking disparities for racial and ethnic minoritized women when compared to White men.

     
Released: 30-Jan-2024 10:05 AM EST
After 7 years, alcohol control program still reduces child abuse
Ohio State University

A neighborhood alcohol control project in Sacramento that reduced cases of child abuse and neglect soon after implementation still had a positive impact seven years later, a new study found.

22-Jan-2024 10:00 PM EST
Signs of Accelerated Aging Found in Brains of Individuals with Alcohol Use Disorder
Research Society on Alcoholism

The brains and blood of people with a history of excessive drinking show cellular evidence of premature aging.

     
Newswise: Advancing noninvasive diagnosis of NASH: potential of sequential USMI in NAFLD/MAFLD
Released: 26-Jan-2024 8:05 AM EST
Advancing noninvasive diagnosis of NASH: potential of sequential USMI in NAFLD/MAFLD
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Noninvasive non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) assessment is a clinical challenge in managing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Newswise: Study: Women With Alcohol-Related Liver Disease Have Greater Mortality Risk Than Men With Condition
Released: 25-Jan-2024 11:05 AM EST
Study: Women With Alcohol-Related Liver Disease Have Greater Mortality Risk Than Men With Condition
Cedars-Sinai

Investigators from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai and colleagues found that women with fatty liver disease related to alcohol consumption have almost twice the risk of dying within a certain time period than men with the same condition.

Newswise: Cheers to Science: Alcohol May Help Flush Out Arsenic from the Body, Study Finds
Released: 25-Jan-2024 9:00 AM EST
Cheers to Science: Alcohol May Help Flush Out Arsenic from the Body, Study Finds
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Arsenic is everywhere in the environment and is a top-tier carcinogen for humans, posing serious health risks through food, water, and soil exposure. Grasping the factors that affect how it's absorbed and stored in our bodies is key to evaluating the related health dangers. While alcohol consumption is common across the globe and known for its various health effects, its interplay with how arsenic is absorbed and its resulting toxicity has been largely overlooked until this recent study.

   
15-Jan-2024 4:05 PM EST
Many Close Relatives of People with Alcohol Use Disorder Experience Similar Cognitive Weaknesses, Manifesting as Social and Emotional Struggles
Research Society on Alcoholism

Many people with a family history of alcohol use disorder (AUD) struggle with certain cognition issues that often accompany AUD itself, even if they don’t themselves drink dangerously, according to a novel study. The findings suggest that these issues may be markers of vulnerability for the condition. A family history of AUD—having one or more first-degree relatives with the disorder—increases the risk of developing it, owing to genetic and environmental factors. Differences in cognitive functioning, especially in executive function (EF) and social cognition (SC), may predispose people to AUD and be amplified by chronic drinking. EF involves mental flexibility, inhibiting responses, and working memory, among other processes. SC facilitates social interactions through theory of mind (understanding others’ mental states), emotion recognition, and empathy. Research on healthy people with a family history of AUD has identified EF and SC differences in their neural networks, though little i

     
Released: 19-Jan-2024 12:05 PM EST
Stigma a barrier to women accessing drug and alcohol treatment
Staffordshire University

Women using drugs and alcohol can feel stigmatised and shamed when seeking support from professional services, a new study has found.

15-Jan-2024 9:30 PM EST
Brief Alcohol Intervention for Heavy Drinkers Led to Safer Drinking Behaviors Among Their Close Social Network Connections, in a Study of First-Year College Students
Research Society on Alcoholism

Following a brief intervention delivered to certain heavy drinkers, alcohol use and risky social ties decreased among those students’ close social connections who were also heavy drinkers, according to a novel study of first-year college students’ alcohol consumption and social networks.

     
16-Jan-2024 12:05 PM EST
Removing largest wine glass serving reduces amount of wine sold in bars and pubs
University of Cambridge

Taking away the largest serving of wine by the glass – in most cases the 250ml option – led to an average reduction in the amount of wine sold at pubs and bars of just under 8%, new research led by a team at the University of Cambridge has discovered

Released: 16-Jan-2024 7:05 AM EST
ChatGPT has read almost the whole internet. That hasn't solved its diversity issues
University of British Columbia

AI language models are booming. The current frontrunner is ChatGPT, which can do everything from taking a bar exam, to creating an HR policy, to writing a movie script.

Released: 12-Jan-2024 9:00 AM EST
For surgery patients, AI could help reduce alcohol-related risks
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Using artificial intelligence to scan surgery patients’ medical records for signs of risky drinking might help spot those whose alcohol use raises their risk of problems during and after an operation, a new study suggests.

6-Jan-2024 8:05 PM EST
Magnetic Brain Stimulation is a Promising Treatment for Veterans with Alcohol Use Disorder and Depressive Symptoms Study Suggests
Research Society on Alcoholism

Veterans with alcohol use disorder (AUD) appear to benefit from a non-invasive technique that uses magnetism to stimulate neurons in areas of the brain linked to psychiatric disorders.

     
Newswise: New ACG Guideline on Alcohol-Associated Liver Disease and More in the January Issue of AJG
Released: 10-Jan-2024 8:50 AM EST
New ACG Guideline on Alcohol-Associated Liver Disease and More in the January Issue of AJG
American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

A new ACG Clinical Guideline on alcohol-associated liver disease (ALD) is featured in the January 2024 issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology.

6-Jan-2024 7:05 PM EST
Hepatitis Linked to Alcohol Increasingly Drove Emergency Department Visits, Especially Among Younger Adults, In Recent Years
Research Society on Alcoholism

Hepatitis linked to alcohol, the most severe form of alcohol-associated liver disease, is increasingly prevalent, severe, and likely to involve emergency departments, according to a new analysis.

     
4-Jan-2024 7:05 PM EST
Can Artificial Intelligence Help Identify Patients in Need of Alcohol Treatment? Study Suggests It Can
Research Society on Alcoholism

An artificial intelligence-based program efficiently and accurately identified patients’ risky alcohol use by analyzing their health records, according to a study published in Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research.

     


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