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Challenging Dogma, Recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder Can Sometimes Include Heavy Drinking

Recovering from alcohol use disorder (AUD) can sometimes involve drinking reductions that do not come close to abstinence, according to recent research — challenging the dogma that recovery from AUD requires abstinence or infrequent drinking. In a...
3-Aug-2020 5:40 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Understanding Alcohol-Related Violence: What is its Place and Role in the Wider Context of Aggression?

Aggressive behavior often, but not always, occurs alongside alcohol and drug misuse. Indeed, alcohol and drugs contribute to at least 40% of violent acts. However, despite the importance of substance misuse to understanding aggression, the...
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Subtypes of alcohol dependence: Predicting relapse and death following treatment

Long-term heavy drinking and alcohol dependence are linked to multiple health problems, including premature death. The risk of serious harm is higher for women than men, and also depends on the person’s current level of drinking. However, it is...
21-Jul-2020 6:35 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Friends’ Drinking is Linked to Alcohol Use Among Teen and Young Adult Mothers

Friends’ drinking behaviors may be key to risky drinking among pregnant teens and young adults, according to a new study. Researchers used a previously untried approach to examine the ways that adolescents’ and young adults’ alcohol use and...
21-Jul-2020 7:35 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Cutting Down But Not Out: Very-Heavy Drinkers Needn’t Quit Completely for Cardiovascular Benefit

High-risk drinkers who substantially reduce their alcohol use can lower their risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) despite not completely abstaining, according to study findings published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. CVD...
30-Jun-2020 8:50 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Researchers Unravel the Ways Income and Liquor Stores are Related to Neighborhood Drinking

Residents of wealthier neighborhoods drink alcohol twice as frequently as people in poorer areas, a new study suggests. The neighborhood environment is known to be associated with alcohol use. But the separate effects of various factors — for...
18-Jun-2020 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Which Comes First: The Heavy Drinking Young Adult or the Alcohol-Saturated Social Culture?

Heavy-drinking peer groups increase young adults’ desire to drink, according to a study in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Investigators used behavioral economic theory — the science of how people make choices — to assess...
18-Jun-2020 12:15 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Not All Is Lost for Alcohol Relapsers: Low Risk Drinking and Abstinence Have Similar Effects on Brain Health Measures After Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder

A study published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research provides support for treatment goals based on reducing drinking, and not necessarily stopping completely, for people recovering from alcohol use disorder (AUD). AUD is linked to...
12-Jun-2020 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites


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