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Among Young People, Being Around Peers May Elicit Greater Drinking Cravings than the Presence of Alcohol

The presence of peers is a key prompt for alcohol cravings among young people, according to a new study in Alcohol: Clinical & Experimental Research. When certain settings, people, or items—a bar, a friend, a glass—are paired with alcohol, they...
31-May-2023 6:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Feeling More Empathy Linked to Greater Alcohol Consumption

People who reported feeling more affective empathy on a given day than was typical for them were likely to drink more than usual, according to a study published in Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research. Notably, these daily shifts in affective...
29-May-2023 12:20 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Neighborhood Access to Alcohol Might be Linked to A Raised Risk of Suicide Attempts

Living in a neighborhood with bars or government-run alcohol outlets may increase suicidal behavior among young adults, especially men and those with elevated genetic liability for attempting suicide, a new study suggests. The paper, in Alcohol:...
26-May-2023 7:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Binge Drinking and Night Shift Work Linked to Greater Likelihood of COVID Infection in Nurses

Working the night shift or binge drinking may double the risk of COVID-19 infection, according to a study of nurses published in Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research. Both alcohol misuse and night shift work have been shown to impact sleep...
25-May-2023 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

People With Anxiety and Mood Disorders Experience More Severe Alcohol Symptoms Than Those Without These Mental Health Conditions Who Drink the Same Amount

People with anxiety or major depressive disorders experience more alcohol-related symptoms and problems than people without those disorders, even at the same levels of drinking, according to a large study. This finding might help to explain why...
25-Apr-2023 6:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Older Adults Whose Drinking Becomes Problematic Have Relatively Good Mental Health Functioning and Can Benefit From Alcohol Treatment

People who first experience problems with alcohol after the age of 60 may have better mental health functioning than those whose drinking problems start sooner, and the benefits of alcohol treatment are not conditional on when hazardous drinking...
21-Apr-2023 6:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Stricter Alcohol Policies are Associated with Reduced Drinking, Multi-Country Analysis Finds

People who live in countries with more stringent alcohol policies drank less than people in countries with less strict policies, according to a large multi-country analysis published in Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research. The more stringent...
20-Apr-2023 6:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

People Exposed to Alcohol Prenatally Experience Significant Challenges, Types of Adversity Differ by Sex

In a recent analysis, researchers found sex differences in the health and neurodevelopmental outcomes of people exposed to alcohol before birth.
14-Mar-2023 9:45 PM EDT 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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