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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
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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.

     
Newswise: Cracking the case for non-glass wine bottles
Released: 8-Jan-2024 1:05 AM EST
Cracking the case for non-glass wine bottles
University of South Australia

Would you pour your friends a glass of wine from a cask or sip your favourite red from a can? Researchers at UniSA's Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science are exploring how wine marketers can influence people to consider packaging options other than glass bottles.

3-Jan-2024 8:05 PM EST
Social Anxiety, Depression Linked to More Negative Alcohol-Related Consequences from ‘Pre-Gaming’
Research Society on Alcoholism

College students with social anxiety may be driven by social motives to ‘pre-game,’ meaning drink prior to a party or event.

     
Newswise: FSU expert pitch: Dry January strategies and benefits you might not have considered
Released: 30-Dec-2023 6:05 PM EST
FSU expert pitch: Dry January strategies and benefits you might not have considered
Florida State University

Taking a break from drinking alcohol even for just one month can lead to surprising and significant improvements in both physical and mental health, according to Jennifer Steiner, an assistant professor at Florida State University.

Released: 21-Dec-2023 10:05 AM EST
MSU expert: Shake up Dry January by experimenting, exploring nonalcoholic beverages
Michigan State University

Adam Roy, food and beverage expert in Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business, explores what it takes to craft a delicious nonalcoholic beverage, provides tips for a successful Dry January and more.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Even one drink can be too many
Released: 21-Dec-2023 9:30 AM EST
The Medical Minute: Even one drink can be too many
Penn State Health

Health care workers want you to think long and hard before getting behind the wheel, even if you had just a little. A Penn State Health expert discusses the grim statistics – and how you can avoid becoming one.

11-Dec-2023 6:05 PM EST
Automated Insomnia Intervention Found to Improve Both Sleep and Hazardous Alcohol Use
Research Society on Alcoholism

An online treatment for insomnia may improve both sleep and problem drinking patterns in people who drink heavily, according to a study in Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research.

     
Newswise: Substance-Abuse Stigma Impedes Treatment in Various Ways, Scientists Say
Released: 15-Dec-2023 9:30 AM EST
Substance-Abuse Stigma Impedes Treatment in Various Ways, Scientists Say
Association for Psychological Science

Addiction is one of society’s most misunderstood and rebuked health conditions. That stigma discourages many people from seeking treatment for substance dependence, according to a new scientific report.

Released: 14-Dec-2023 3:05 AM EST
Facial symmetry doesn’t explain “beer goggles”
University of Portsmouth

A new study led by the University of Portsmouth in England has tested the hypothesis that people are more likely to find someone attractive while drunk, because their face appears more symmetrical.

 
10-Dec-2023 5:05 AM EST
Stressors Linked to Increased Drinking College Students during COVID Pandemic, Differ by Race
Research Society on Alcoholism

College students reporting increased mental distress during the pandemic also reported greater quantity and frequency of alcohol use, and distress was linked to certain pandemic-related factors which differed by race.

     
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Released: 12-Dec-2023 8:05 AM EST
Alcohol Abuse Increases Sensitivity of Coronavirus Infection
American Physiological Society (APS)

Lung airway cells of people with alcohol use disorder developed “enhanced inflammation” three days after being infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to a new study from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and the University of Georgia.

8-Dec-2023 9:05 AM EST
Young Adults Report Lower Alcohol Use After Learning That Drinking is Declining Among Their Peers
Research Society on Alcoholism

Learning that their peers’ alcohol use is declining over time may help reduce young adults’ drinking, according to the first study that tested this approach among community-based participants (versus college students).

     
Released: 7-Dec-2023 2:15 PM EST
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It's the moooost wonderful time...of the year! Are you looking for new story ideas that are focused on the winter holiday season? Perhaps you're working on a story on on managing stress and anxiety? Perhaps you're working on a story on seasonal affective disorder? Or perhaps your editor asked you to write a story on tracking Santa? Look no further. Check out the Winter Holidays channel.

       
Released: 5-Dec-2023 11:05 AM EST
Prohibition may have extended life for those born in dry counties
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Although widely considered a blunder of public policy, the alcohol prohibition laws of early 20th century America may have led to increased longevity for those born in places where alcohol was banned, according to new research from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.The study — recently published in the journal Economics and Human Biology and co-authored by Jason Fletcher of UW’s La Follette School of Public Affairs — is the first to research the long-term effects of Prohibition Era on longevity, adding to the understanding of the longer-term costs of alcohol exposure during pregnancy.

Released: 1-Dec-2023 12:05 PM EST
1 in 8 older adults use cannabis products, suggesting need to screen for risks
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

More older Americans use cannabis now than before the pandemic, with 12% saying they’ve consumed a THC-containing substance in the past year and 4% saying they do so multiple times a week, according to a new study of people aged 50 to 80.

Released: 27-Nov-2023 9:00 AM EST
Alcohol Consumption May Have Positive and Negative Effects on Cardiovascular Disease Risk
Tufts University

A new study finds that alcohol consumption may have counteractive effects on cardiovascular disease risk, depending on the biological presence of certain circulating metabolites—molecules that are produced during or after a substance is metabolized and studied as biomarkers of many diseases.

Released: 21-Nov-2023 3:45 PM EST
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Released: 20-Nov-2023 12:05 PM EST
Why do some people get headaches from drinking red wine?
University of California, Davis

Not everyone feels fine after red wine, and a flavanol may be the culprit

   
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Released: 16-Nov-2023 3:05 PM EST
From tobacco to alcohol to opioids, Sanford Burnham Prebys researchers are pursuing novel leads and promising therapies to treat addiction
Sanford Burnham Prebys

Tens of millions of Americans are addicted to illicit drugs, alcohol, tobacco and other substances including opioids, with both immediate and long-term harm to not just themselves, but also family, friends and society.

13-Nov-2023 7:05 AM EST
Risk Factors Contributing to Alcohol Use Vary Based on Drinking Consequences Experienced
Research Society on Alcoholism

The process contributing to an individual’s alcohol consumption may be linked to the consequences that person experiences from drinking, a new study suggests.

     
Released: 15-Nov-2023 10:05 AM EST
Fatty liver disease gets a new name
University of Chicago Medical Center

The former Metabolic and Fatty Liver Clinic at the University of Chicago Medicine is undergoing a name change, as part of a shift in language to drop stigmatizing words, precisely describe the condition and identify a subgroup of patients omitted under the former diagnostic criteria.

Released: 15-Nov-2023 3:05 AM EST
Alcohol consumption and epigenetic age acceleration across human adulthood
Impact Journals LLC

A new research paper was published in Aging (listed by MEDLINE/PubMed as "Aging (Albany NY)" and "Aging-US" by Web of Science) Volume 15, Issue 20, entitled, “Alcohol consumption and epigenetic age acceleration across human adulthood.”

11-Nov-2023 7:05 AM EST
Online Alcohol Recovery Forums Offer Multiple Types of Support, Including and Beyond Emotional Encouragement
Research Society on Alcoholism

Emotional support was the simplest and most common means of helping others in an online forum related to recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), according to a new study.

     
10-Nov-2023 8:05 AM EST
Alcohol Treatment Costs Offset by Long-Term Health Care, Societal Savings
Research Society on Alcoholism

Treating people for alcohol use disorder, even multiple times, results in long-term cost savings. When accounting for societal benefits of treatment, such as reduced crime and increased productivity, cost savings are realized in both the short- and long-term.

     
9-Nov-2023 7:05 AM EST
Video Therapy May Be as Effective as In-Person Therapy for Alcohol Use Disorder
Research Society on Alcoholism

Therapy by videoconference may be as effective, and in some cases more effective, than in-person treatment for alcohol use disorder. Rates of stopping drinking are similar for those who receive treatment for their alcohol use disorder via videoconference and those who receive in-person treatment.

     


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