Prolonged exposure therapy is more effective at treating PTSD than Seeking Safety, a coping skills therapy, for patients who also have alcohol use disorder, found a VA San Diego Healthcare System study. The findings offer important guidance for clinicians in the VA health care system, which cares for many veterans coping with both PTSD and […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain A large genomic study of nearly 275,000 people led by Penn Medicine researchers revealed new insights into genetic drivers of heavy drinking and alcohol use disorder (AUD), the uncontrollable pattern of alcohol use commonly referred to as alcoholism. In the largest-ever genome-wide association study (GWAS) of both traits in the same […]Continue Reading ...
The abuse of alcohol and other drugs like narcotics, sedatives and stimulants continues to be a major global public health concern. This international crisis is further heightened by the tendency of many users to poly-drug abuse, which is a condition defined as the simultaneous or successive abuse of more than one drug or type of […]Continue Reading ...
by Daniel Leightley, Jo-Anne Puddephatt, Laura Goodwin And Nicola Fear, The Conversation People in the armed forces often use alcohol to cope. Credit: Shutterstock Alcohol has historically been used in the UK armed forces to encourage bonding and to deal with difficult experiences. And while alcohol use is now on the decline, harmful drinking in […]Continue Reading ...
Over the last five years there has been a three-fold increase in the number of adults seeking help and support to deal with alcoholism in a parent says a report. Image Credit: Axel Bueckert / Shutterstock The latest figures come from the charity National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA) which says that in the […]Continue Reading ...
In an Addiction analysis of relevant published studies, investigators found some evidence for a positive association between anxiety during childhood and adolescence with later alcohol use disorders. Approximately 43 percent of associations were positive, meaning that anxiety was associated with a higher likelihood of later alcohol use disorders; however, 11 percent of associations were negative, […]Continue Reading ...
Alcohol and other substance-use problems take enormous psychological and societal tolls on millions of Americans. Now a study from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Recovery Research Institute shows that more than a third of individuals who consider themselves in recovery from an alcohol or other substance use disorder continue to suffer from chronic physical disease. […]Continue Reading ...
Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute have made an important discovery that may help to explain the neural mechanism that drives alcohol consumption in cases of addiction. Shutterstock | bluedog studio In a rat model of alcohol-dependency, the team found they could reverse the urge to drink by inactivating a specific subset of nerve cells […]Continue Reading ...
Apr 17 2019 The neuropeptide oxytocin blocks enhanced drinking in alcohol-dependent rats, according to a study published April 16 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology led by Drs. Tunstall, Koob and Vendruscolo of the National Institutes of Health, and Drs. Kirson and Roberto of The Scripps Research Institute. Targeting the oxytocin system, the authors note, […]Continue Reading ...
Blood pressure and stroke risk increase steadily with increasing alcohol intake, and previous claims that 1-2 alcoholic drinks a day might protect against stroke are dismissed by new evidence from a genetic study involving 160,000 adults. Studies of East Asian genes that strongly affect how much alcohol people choose to drink show that alcohol itself […]Continue Reading ...
A large genomic study of nearly 275,000 people led by Penn Medicine researchers revealed new insights into genetic drivers of heavy drinking and alcohol use disorder (AUD), the uncontrollable pattern of alcohol use commonly referred to as alcoholism. In the largest-ever genome-wide association study (GWAS) of both traits in the same population, a team of […]Continue Reading ...
Professor David Nutt, an expert in neuropsychopharmacology, is aiming to make hangovers a thing of the past by introducing a synthetic alcohol alternative that provides the relaxing effects of alcohol, without causing hangovers and health problems. Jag_cz | Shutterstock Nutt, who oversees the neuropsychopharmacology unit at the Imperial College London, believes that the alcohol substitute, […]Continue Reading ...
A recently released publication in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, “Prevention of Alcohol Use in Older Teens: A Randomized Trial of an Online Family Prevention Program” reveals successful results for an on-line, family-based prevention program, Smart Choices 4 Teens, which is designed to reduce alcohol use among 16 and 17-year old teens. To test […]Continue Reading ...
Several previous studies have demonstrated that moderate alcohol consumption is linked with less severe disease and better quality of life in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, but a new Arthritis Care & Research study suggests that this might not be because drinking alcohol is beneficial. In the 16,762-patient study, patients with a higher severity of disease […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain The use of alcohol and tobacco is closely linked to several diseases, and is a contributing factor in many deaths. A recent study using data from 1.2 million people has now been published in the journal Nature Genetics. Several research groups around the world are involved, among them a group from […]Continue Reading ...
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