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Virtual Reality May Help Alcoholics Beat Cravings, Study Finds

Posted 24 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 – Virtual reality therapy may help alcoholics battle their addiction, a small study from South Korea suggests. Researchers recruited 12 people being treated for alcoholism for the study. The volunteers went through a week-long detoxification program and then did two sessions of virtual reality therapy a week for five weeks. The patients were presented with three virtual scenes: a relaxing environment; a high-risk setting in a restaurant where other people were drinking; and an aversion situation that featured the sights, sounds and smells of people getting sick from drinking too much. PET and CT brain scans suggested that the patients had a reduced craving for alcohol after the virtual reality therapy, according to the study. The research is published in the July issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. While it was a small study, the findings ... Read more

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Hispanics May Develop Alcoholic Liver Disease Earlier

Posted 20 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 – Hispanics may develop alcoholic liver disease at an earlier age than whites or blacks, according to a new study that links ethnicity and drinking-related liver problems. Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) includes conditions such as alcoholic fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis and alcoholic cirrhosis. It's is a common cause of liver problems in the United States. ALD is responsible for more than 15,000 U.S. deaths each year, according to the researchers. The findings were published in the March online issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. "The findings in this study are important for two reasons. First, they demonstrate the difference ethnicity has on the clinical manifestation of ALD. Second, they lay the ground work for future clinical and laboratory studies to understand the interactions between alcohol, genes and the environment," ... Read more

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Alcoholism Treatment Can Help Some Liver Transplant Patients

Posted 9 Oct 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 9 – Liver transplant recipients with a history of alcoholism are much less likely to start drinking again if they undergo substance-abuse treatment before and after their transplant, new research finds. And a second study shows that continued alcohol abuse after a liver transplant raises the risk of transplant failure. Both studies were published in the October issue of the journal Liver Transplantation. Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is the second most common reason for liver transplants in the United States and Europe, but research suggests that anywhere from 10 percent to 90 percent of ALD patients who get a new liver start drinking again after their transplant. In the first study, researchers found that 16 percent of liver transplant patients with a history of alcoholism started drinking again if they received substance-abuse treatment before and after the ... Read more

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The Health Benefits, and Risks, of Alcohol

Posted 20 Jul 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 20 – Mirroring so much of life, alcohol consumption comes with plusses and minuses. A lot of recent research has highlighted the potentially beneficial effects on the heart and other parts of the body of drinking wine and other alcoholic beverages. But risks to health exist, too, as well as the more well-known and potentially life-threatening effects of alcohol, including drunken driving and addiction. The Good Alcohol consumption in moderation has been linked to a host of good outcomes. Studies have suggested that drinking alcohol, wine in particular, may reduce your risk for heart disease, stroke, gallstone formation, type 2 diabetes and dementia. It may also give your metabolism a slight boost. "Alcohol, especially red wine, has resveratrol and antioxidants and bioflavonoids and polyphenols, and all of these wonderful things that dilate the arteries and reduce ... Read more

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Booze Tax Hikes May Reduce Alcohol-Related Problems

Posted 23 Sep 2010 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 23 – Boosting taxes on alcohol leads to lower rates of alcohol-related disease, injury, death and crime, researchers say. University of Florida investigators analyzed 50 published papers that estimated the health and social effects of alcohol taxes or prices. The study authors concluded that higher alcohol taxes have a greater impact than drinking prevention programs. The results of the meta-analysis suggest that doubling the average state tax on alcohol would result, on average, in a 35 percent reduction in alcohol-related deaths, an 11 percent reduction in traffic crash deaths, a 6 percent reduction in sexually transmitted diseases, a 2 percent reduction in violence and a 1.4 percent reduction in crime. The study findings were released online Sept. 23 in advance of publication in the November print issue of the American Journal of Public Health. The findings "clearly ... Read more

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