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Huge Study Links Risky Drinking with Low Social Support and Area of Residence

People who report having low social support are substantially more likely to experience heavy drinking and binge drinking than those who feel more supported, a large European study suggests. The researchers also found strong evidence that risky...
12-Oct-2020 8:10 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Reducing Drinking Among US Veterans with Unhealthy Alcohol Use Might Improve Chronic Pain Symptoms and Reduce Other Substance Use

US veterans with unhealthy alcohol use who reduce their drinking may gain some improvement in chronic pain symptoms and use of other substances, according to a study in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Hazardous drinking is common in...
3-Oct-2020 9:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Seekers Versus Non-Seekers of Treatment for Alcohol Dependence: Implications for Drug Development

A new report has highlighted key differences between participants in early and later stages of drug research for alcohol use disorder (AUD), which could affect study findings and confound evaluations of novel treatments. In the US, only 4% of people...
25-Sep-2020 7:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Women and Racial Minorities are Marginalized in Trials of Medications for Alcohol Use Disorder

Women and racial minorities are seriously underrepresented in trials of medicines for alcohol use disorder (AUD) despite evidence that these treatments affect demographic groups differently. This is according to a review in Alcoholism: Clinical &...
25-Sep-2020 7:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

One-Off Extreme Drinking May Cause Structural Brain Atrophy in Young Adults

A new study suggests that a single episode of extreme drinking in young adults may be linked to almost immediate structural brain atrophy. Adolescence and emerging adulthood are known to represent critical stages for brain development, involving...
24-Sep-2020 12:15 PM EDT Add to Favorites

One size does not fit all for young-adult binge-drinkers: Research reveals high-risk clusters that may inform future trajectories and treatment interventions

Young adults who binge drink can be categorized within distinct subgroups based on substance use and mental health symptoms, according to research reported in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Binge drinking in young people is very...
21-Sep-2020 8:40 AM EDT Add to Favorites

An Early Effect of COVID-19 Disruption: Drinking to Cope with Distress

Using alcohol to cope with distress was associated with increased drinking during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study. Adults experiencing greater depression or lower social connectedness, and those with children...
8-Sep-2020 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Adjusting Jailed Women’s Beliefs about Their Friends’ Substance Use May Help Reduce Their Drinking and Risk of Reoffending

Brief interventions can potentially reduce incarcerated women’s alcohol use when they leave jail, according to a new study.
2-Sep-2020 10:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites


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