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Study Finds Drinking May Ease Fibromyalgia Pain, But Doctors Wary

Posted 1 day 18 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 – Moderate to heavy drinking might cut the likelihood of disability for people with chronic widespread pain such as that related to fibromyalgia, new Scottish research suggests. But U.S. pain specialists say consuming alcohol is the wrong approach to coping with disabling pain. "It's an odd way to suggest that chronic pain be treated," said Dr. Lynn Webster, president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, who wasn't involved in the research. "I can't imagine that any physician will suggest alcohol as a therapy," he added. "The more you drink, the more you need to get the same effects." About 2 percent of Americans suffer from fibromyalgia, a mysterious disease characterized by the presence of chronic, widespread pain, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Women outnumber men seven to one in their prevalence of the disorder, whose ... Read more

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Could Blue Eyes Raise Odds for Alcoholism?

Posted 2 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 – People with blue eyes may be more likely to become alcoholics, a new study suggests. Genetic researchers at the University of Vermont said their findings could help doctors learn more about the roots of alcoholism, as well as other psychiatric disorders. Study co-author Dawei Li, an assistant professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, has worked with other scientists for years to build a genetic database of more than 10,000 people. Most of those in the database are black or European Americans. All are affected by at least one mental illness, but many have multiple disorders, including depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, along with alcohol or drug dependence. "These are complex disorders," Li said in a university news release. "There are many genes, and there are many environmental triggers." Using the database, the researchers identified over ... Read more

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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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Most Americans Back Ban on Powdered Alcohol, Poll Finds

Posted 15 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 15, 2015 – Most Americans support banning powdered alcohol because of its potential misuse by teens, a new survey finds. Powdered alcohol was approved in March by U.S. regulators but some states have already banned it, the poll's authors said. The products, which will be sold in pouches, will be available in flavors such as vodka, rum and mixed drinks. "Given that several states are considering legislation about powdered alcohol, our poll looked at what the public thinks about this new product," Dr. Matthew Davis, director of the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health, said in a university news release. "The majority of adults agree that powdered alcohol may spell trouble for young people," he said. Sixty percent of adults favor a complete ban on powdered alcohol in their states, and another 84 percent support banning ... Read more

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Underage Drinking Down in Past Decade

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – Underage drinking in the United States is declining. But, alcohol remains the most widely used substance of abuse among American children, federal researchers reported Thursday. The rate of current drinking (within the last month) among youngsters aged 12 to 20 fell from 29 percent in 2002 to 23 percent in 2013. Plus, the rate of current binge drinking in this age group declined from 19 percent to 14 percent during that time period. Binge drinking is defined as having five or more drinks on the same occasion. However, more American teens use alcohol (23 percent) than tobacco (17 percent) or illicit drugs (14 percent), according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) report. The report is based on data from an annual, national survey of 67,500 Americans aged 12 and older. "When parents communicate clear expectations and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Watch Your Alcohol Consumption

Posted 8 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Drinking alcohol may be unsafe for some people, because it can interact with some medications. The Cleveland Clinic mentions these examples: Aspirin and alcohol may increase the risk of stomach bleeding. Antihistamines may make you very drowsy when combined with alcohol. Large amounts of the painkiller acetaminophen can cause liver damage when combined with alcohol. Some laxatives and cough syrups already contain alcohol. Some antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, painkillers and sleeping pills may cause serious interactions when combined with alcohol. Read more

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3 in 10 Americans Have Drinking Problem at Some Point in Their Lives

Posted 3 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 – Nearly 30 percent of Americans have a problem with alcohol at some point in their lives, ranging from binge drinking to full-blown alcoholism, but less than 20 percent are ever treated, a new study found. Alcohol use disorders are among the most common mental health problems worldwide and result in disability, illness and death, researchers from the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) said. "The problem of alcohol abuse is bigger than people thought," said NIAAA Director George Koob. "Alcohol disorders cost the United States $224 billion a year. "Seventy percent of Americans drink and most don't have a problem, but there is a significant group that do have a problem," he added. One of the biggest concerns, Koob said, is that less than 20 percent of those who have a drinking problem get help. Koob thinks people avoid treatment for a ... Read more

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Tougher Alcohol Laws for Adults May Also Lower Teen Drinking

Posted 1 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 1, 2015 – New research suggests that as a state's alcohol laws get tougher, teen drinking rates drop – even if the laws are targeting adults and not teens. "Nobody's ever looked to see how policies explain big differences between kids' drinking among different states," said study co-author Dr. Timothy Naimi, an alcohol epidemiologist at Boston Medical Center. "There's a strong overall relationship between [alcohol] policies and teen drinking, but if you account for the difference in youth-specific policies, you find the adult-oriented policies have an equal or greater effect on teen drinking." Naimi's team considered policies such as alcohol taxes, restricting alcohol sales to certain hours, not selling alcohol on Sundays, banning happy hours and restrictions on how many places sell alcohol, he said. "Things that reduce excessive drinking are things that keep the price up ... Read more

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'Moderate'Drinking Might Harm Older People's Hearts: Study

Posted 26 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 – "Moderate" drinking might harm your heart if you're a senior citizen, a new study suggests. And women appear to be at greater risk for alcohol-related heart damage than men, the researchers found. "In an elderly population, increasing alcohol intake is associated with subtle alterations in heart structure and function, with women appearing more susceptible than men to the toxic effects of alcohol," said lead researcher Dr. Alexandra Goncalves. She is a postdoctoral research fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. The study involved more than 4,400 adults, average age 76. The investigators found that women who drank even moderately – one drink daily – experienced a small reduction in heart function. Among men, consuming more than 14 drinks a week – considered heavy drinking – was linked to enlargement of the heart's left ... Read more

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Oxytocin, Alcohol Seem to Work on Brain in Similar Ways

Posted 20 May 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 – The so-called "love hormone" oxytocin affects human behavior in much the same way as alcohol does, British researchers report. Oxytocin is a hormone involved in mother-child bonding, social interactions and romance. Previous research has shown that oxytocin boosts socially positive behaviors such as generosity, empathy and altruism, and makes people more willing to trust others, the researchers said. The research team at the University of Birmingham analyzed existing research about oxytocin and alcohol and "were struck by the incredible similarities between the two compounds," researcher Ian Mitchell, from the School of Psychology, said in a university news release. "They appear to target different receptors within the brain, but cause common actions on GABA [an amino acid] transmission in the prefrontal cortex and the limbic structures. These neural circuits ... Read more

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Nearly 1 in 5 Female College Freshmen Sexually Assaulted: Study

Posted 20 May 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 – Almost one out of every five young women was raped or experienced attempted rape during her freshman year at a large private university in upstate New York, a new study reports. Alcohol and/or drugs played a major role in sexual assaults, with as many as 15 percent of young women reporting that they had been subjected to "incapacitated" rape during their first year in college, according to the study. "We find that the likelihood of incapacitated rape compared with forcible rape is higher in college than in the community," based on these results and previous studies of sexual assault, said lead author Kate Carey, a professor of behavioral and social sciences at the Brown University School of Public Health in Providence, R.I. The study findings were published online May 20 in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The study also found that a sizable minority of young ... Read more

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A Billion Smokers, 240 Million Alcohol Abusers Worldwide: Study

Posted 19 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – Tobacco and alcohol take a big toll on the health of people around the world, a new global survey shows. The research suggests that about a billion people – more than 20 percent of the world's adult population – smoke, and 240 million, or almost 5 percent, suffer from alcoholism or a related disorder. The study, led by Linda Gowing, an associate professor at the University of Adelaide in Australia, reveals a much larger negative impact from alcohol use than from illegal drugs. In fact, the report estimates that alcohol's impact in terms of disability is more than three times higher. "The most striking thing to emerge is how much more damage is done to society by legal drugs than illegal ones," study co-author Robert West, editor-in-chief of the journal Addiction, said in a journal news release. The study was published in the journal recently. The report found ... Read more

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Brain Differences Seen in Teenage Heavy Drinkers

Posted 18 May 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 18, 2015 – Teens who drink heavily appear to have significant abnormalities in brain development, a new study finds. Heavy drinking by teens may also be associated with a gene mutation linked to impulsiveness, according to another new study. The studies, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, were scheduled for presentation Monday at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, in Toronto. Research presented at meetings is considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. The brain regions examined in these studies play a critical role in the addiction cycle of binge drinking and preoccupation with drinking, George Koob, director of the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, said in an association news release. In one study, brain scans of participants ages 12 to 24 found differences in brain development between ... Read more

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Health Tip: The Effects of Long-Term Alcohol Abuse

Posted 15 May 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Chronic excessive drinking can take a major toll on your health. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentions these possible examples: Increased likelihood of high blood pressure, liver disease, heart disease and stroke. Increased risk of certain cancers, including those of the esophagus, throat, mouth, breast, liver and colon. Reduced performance in school, and increased likelihood of dementia and other problems with memory and learning. Increased risk of anxiety and depression. Increased risk of alcohol dependency. Read more

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Learn to Recognize the Signs of an Alcohol Problem

Posted 5 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 – More than 17 million Americans suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence. But not everyone can tell when heavy drinking crosses the line to alcoholism. To help people identify when drinking becomes a problem, Dr. William Jacobs, chief of addiction medicine at Georgia Regents University's Medical College of Georgia, outlined five major signs of alcohol abuse or dependence: One is a high tolerance for alcohol, which means a person drinks increasing amounts of alcohol. Someone with a high tolerance may drink more than others without showing obvious signs of intoxication. Another sign is having withdrawal symptoms when not drinking. These symptoms include anxiety, trembling, jumpiness, sweating, nausea and vomiting, insomnia, irritability, depression, fatigue, headaches and loss of appetite. Some people suffer potentially life-threatening withdrawal seizures, Jacobs ... Read more

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