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Increases in the Percentage of Alcohol in Beverages may Contribute to Underestimates of the U.S. Drinking Level

There have been dramatic increases in the United States in alcohol-related problems. During the past decade the death rate from all types of alcoholic liver disease increased by more than 40%, alcohol-related emergency department visits increased...
7-Feb-2019 8:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Low Levels of Blood Alcohol Produce Measurable Physiological and Subjective Effects in Social Drinkers

Subtle physiological changes involving the cardiovascular and autonomic nervous systems after exposure to alcohol are difficult to perceive in humans, particularly at lower alcohol levels. Researchers sought to determine the effect of acute...
6-Feb-2019 6:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Higher Prices and Non-alcoholic Beverages Reduce Drinking in French and American University Students

Behavioral economics is the study of the individual, cultural, and social factors that influence economic decisions. Behavioral economic approaches have identified several characteristics that determine individuals’ demand for alcoholic beverages...
4-Feb-2019 6:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Men with Alcohol-related Cirrhosis are More Likely to Receive Alcohol Treatment than Women with the Disease

Alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition. Although patients with cirrhosis are routinely encouraged to stop drinking in order to reduce their mortality risk, many continue drinking and do not...
17-Jan-2019 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Peak Age of Binge Drinking is on the Rise with Higher Levels Later into Young Adulthood, Particularly for Women

Binge drinking, frequently defined as consuming five or more drinks per occasion, is associated with a host of societal and health risks. Young adults have higher risk for negative consequences of binge drinking (e.g. health and psychosocial...
9-Jan-2019 9:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Gene Changes Associated with Motivation to Drink Alcohol

Epigenetics refers to external changes to DNA that turn genes “on” or “off.” These modifications do not change the sequence of the “letters” in DNA, but are physical changes that affect how cells "read" genes. Researchers hypothesized...
27-Dec-2018 4:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Cannabis Use May Lessen Risk of Developing Alcohol-Related Pancreatitis

The pancreas is an organ located behind the stomach that produces enzymes and hormones that help with digestion and blood-sugar regulation. Both heavy drinking and gallstones can cause an inflamed pancreas, called pancreatitis, which is associated...
17-Dec-2018 8:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Stopping Sexual Aggression: Alcohol Can Interfere with Good Intentions

The #MeToo movement that began in 2017 has increased attention to bystander training programs that encourage third-party witnesses to intervene (i.e., become involved in stopping aggression) in high-risk sexual situations. With limited information...
27-Nov-2018 8:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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The Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) provides a forum for communication among researchers who share common interests in understanding the disease of alcoholism and alcohol’s various effects, both positive and negative, on the body and behavior. The Society's purpose is to promote research that can lead the way toward prevention and treatment of alcoholism, and a reduction in the harmful effects of alcohol in society. RSA is the leading international society of research scientists working on alcohol problems, with over 1,500 members in the United States and around the world.


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  • Patricia Molina

    Professor and Department Head

    Alcohol, HIV, TBI, metabolic alterations , Muscle, Inflamation
  • Katie Witkiewitz


    alcohol use, alcohol use disorder, harm reduction, , Alcohol Use, Alcohol Use Disorder, harm reduction, moderate alcohol consumption, Mindfulness, reductions in drinking, alternatives to Alcoholics Anonymous, behavioral therapy for alcohol, Statistics, alc
  • Ralph Hingson

    Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research

    epidemiolgy, Prevention, Underage Drinking, College Drinking, program evaluation, Policy, Alcohol
  • Paula Hoffman


    alcohol tolerance, Alcohol Consumption, genetics and addiction, Neurobiology
  • Kenneth Sher

    Curators' Distinguished Professor

  • Thomas Greenfield

    Scientific Director

    Alcohol, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, Mental Health
  • R. Adron Harris

    Associate Director, WCAAR

    Gene Expression and Regulation, Drug Discovery, Receptor Proteins, immune signaling, Neuroscience


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