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Facebook and Twitter Postings May Indicate a Drinking Problem

Despite the pervasive use of social media by young adults, little is known about whether, and how, social-media engagement influences their drinking patterns and risk of alcohol-related problems. Reviews thus far have looked at drinking relative to...
18-May-2018 5:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Using the Internet to Reach Woman at Risk for Drinking During Pregnancy

Alcohol use during pregnancy can lead to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs), a range of effects that include lowered intelligence and developmental delays. Over 30 percent of the pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, with most women...
5-May-2018 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Some Young-Adult Substance Use and Interpersonal-Relations Problems Linked to Parental Divorce and Alcohol Dependence

Previous research showed that the combination of two risk factors – parental separation/ divorce and family history of alcoholism (FH+) – can have negative effects on offspring, including an earlier onset of substance use among adolescents and...
20-Apr-2018 6:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Chemical Targeting of a Specific Brain Area Can Reduce Binge Drinking

Decades of clinical and pre-clinical studies have demonstrated that chronic drinking leads to long-lasting changes in reward- and stress-related neuronal circuitry. The nucleus accumbens (NAc) is an important part of this circuitry. Designer...
13-Apr-2018 3:40 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Hangovers: Effectively Measuring Your Pain

Many young adults know firsthand that alcohol hangovers are unpleasant. However, few psychometrically sound instruments (tests that accurately measure personality, mental ability, opinions, etc.) have measured hangovers beyond the college-age years....
11-Apr-2018 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

High-School Students’ Binge Drinking Predicts Health-Risk Behaviors

Underage drinking can lead to risky or harmful behaviors that include unintentional and unprotected sex, physical and sexual assault, traffic and other injuries, suicide, homicide, and overdoses. Binge drinking among adults is defined as five drinks...
5-Apr-2018 7:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Searching for Genetic Contributors to Alcohol Sensitivity

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a complex trait, both in its causes and characteristics. Individuals’ sensitivity to alcohol can predict their risk of adverse alcohol outcomes like AUD. Further, AUD runs in families, reflecting in part a genetic...
2-Apr-2018 9:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Social Drinkers Who Wear Lampshades – The Effects of Alcohol in Real-Life Social Interactions

Alcohol use in social settings can have both desirable and undesirable effects – ranging from better mood and less anxiety to verbal and physical aggression, including violence. These outcomes often reflect the interplay of factors that are both...
29-Mar-2018 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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