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The Power of Peer influence: Harnessing Shifting Social Norms to Curb College Students’ Drinking

A pilot study at the University of Washington in Seattle has shown that messaging on shifting “drinking norms” could help curb intentions to use alcohol among college students. Young people’s drinking is known to be influenced by their (often...
27-Nov-2021 7:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Fun or Frightening? College Students Vary in How They Rate Alcohol Experiences — and Their Ratings May Help Predict Their Future Drinking

Drinking alcohol may relieve boredom, enhance social enjoyment, cause a blackout or hangover, or impair performance, among other consequences. But whether these experiences are positive or negative is a matter of disagreement among college students,...
29-Nov-2021 8:20 AM EST Add to Favorites

Nonalcoholic Beverage Provision May Curb Underage Drinking Among Greek-life College Students

Availability of nonalcoholic beverages together with alcohol price increases could reduce alcohol consumption among college students at high risk for drinking-related harm, according to a study in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
25-Nov-2021 2:20 PM EST Add to Favorites

American Indians Who Believe a False Stereotype About Their Vulnerability to Alcohol May be at Higher Risk for Problematic Drinking

American Indians who believe a myth falsely implying that they are biogenetically predisposed to heavy drinking may experience more alcohol craving, more frequent drinking, and worse alcohol-related consequences than those who don’t believe that...
24-Nov-2021 5:40 PM EST Add to Favorites

Situational Motives: Reasons for Forgoing Drinking or Cannabis Use Among College Students

A study has revealed college students’ reasons for abstaining from alcohol or cannabis, including on days when they had initially planned to use one or both substances. The analysis, reported in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research,...
8-Nov-2021 8:55 AM EST Add to Favorites

Worldwide Risk of Death in Road Crashes Caused by Drinking is Higher for Men, Younger People, Motorcyclists, and Europeans

Men, young adults, motorcyclists, and people in European and other reasonably well-developed countries are more likely to die in road crashes caused by drinking, according to a novel review of global data. Researchers found that the risk of dying in...
5-Nov-2021 8:50 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Forecasting the Future Alcohol Burden: Binge Drinking Rates to Converge in Young Men and Women, and Increase Among 29- to 30-year-olds, by 2040

A study has revealed important gender and age differences in forecasted future levels of binge drinking, and highlighted key factors underlying these trends.
3-Nov-2021 8:50 AM EDT Add to Favorites

As People with Alcohol Use Disorder Grow Older, They May Report Their Symptoms Differently, Potentially Making Diagnosis Less Likely

Adults’ may report their symptoms of alcohol use disorders (AUDs) differently as they age, potentially impeding clinicians’ ability to recognize problematic drinking among older people, a new study suggests.
25-Oct-2021 8:45 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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