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Women Starting to Match Men's Drinking Habits, Study Finds

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TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 – American women are catching up to men when it comes to using and abusing alcohol, a new government report shows. The researchers analyzed data from 2002 to 2012 and found that reported alcohol consumption in the previous 30 days rose among women, from almost 45 percent to more than 48 percent, while it fell among men, from slightly more than 57 percent to just over 56 percent. "We found that over that period of time, differences in measures such as current drinking, number of drinking days per month, reaching criteria for an alcohol use disorder, and driving under the influence of alcohol in the past year, all narrowed for females and males," study leader Aaron White, senior scientific advisor to the director of the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), said in an institute news release. "Males still consume more alcohol, but the ... Read more

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Gene Mutation May Be Tied to Drunken Recklessness

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TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 – Scientists say that they have identified a gene mutation that is linked to an increased risk of impulsive and reckless behavior when drunk. The research also indicates that "persons with this mutation are more impulsive by nature even when sober, and they are more likely to struggle with self-control or mood disorders," study leader and psychiatrist Roope Tikkanen, of the University of Helsinki in Finland, said in a university news release. The mutation occurs in a gene of the serotonin 2B receptor, whose function is little-known but thought to connect with impulsivity, the study authors said. "The impact of one gene on complex phenomena is typically minor. But it is possible to identify the impact of such a genetic mutation in the Finnish population, as our historical isolation has led to a relatively homogenous gene pool," Tikkanen added. More than 2 percent ... Read more

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Heavy Drinking May Strain the Heart

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TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 – Heavy drinking may dramatically increase a person's risk of heart failure, even if they're young and healthy, a new study suggests. People who abuse alcohol are 70 percent more likely to develop heart failure, according to findings that were to be presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association's annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. The detrimental effects of hard drinking were particularly pronounced in young and middle-aged adults, and people who were otherwise in good health, said lead researcher Dr. Isaac Whitman, an electrophysiologist at the University of California, San Francisco. However, the study did not prove that heavy drinking causes heart failure. These results suggest that younger adults need to take it easy on the booze, especially if they don't have any risk factors for heart disease, Whitman said. "In the case of alcohol, I don't think it's ... Read more

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Health Tip: Kick Bad Sleep Habits

Posted 4 Nov 2015 by

-- If you can't sleep, a few bad habits could be the issue. The National Sleep Foundation mentions these sleep-stealing practices: Having caffeine within six hours of bed. Drinking alcohol before bed, which makes your sleep lighter. Having a large meal or snack just before bed. Getting insufficient exercise. Keeping fit boosts energy and generally helps you fall asleep faster and more soundly. Having a TV, smartphone or computer in the bedroom. Sleeping in late during weekends. Read more

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More Evidence That Drinking May Raise Breast Cancer Risk

Posted 27 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2015 – A new study out of Europe supports the notion that drinking raises women's risk of breast cancer. Researchers from five Spanish universities looked at data on more than 334,000 women aged 35 to 70, across 10 European countries. Nearly 12,000 of the women developed breast cancer over the study period. Reporting recently in the International Journal of Cancer, the investigators found that the risk of breast cancer quadrupled with each daily glass of wine or beer. The study wasn't designed to prove cause-and-effect, however, only to show an association. In a new release from the journal, study co-author Maria Dolores Chirlaque said that "a daily intake of one glass of wine or beer – or less – would correspond to a risk value of 1. However, if we increase our intake to two daily glasses of wine or beer, our risk would rise by 4 percent." The risk continues to ... Read more

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Many Teens Knowingly Ride With Drunk Drivers, Survey Finds

Posted 22 Oct 2015 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 22, 2015 – Many U.S. teenagers have willingly accepted a ride from a drunk driver within the past year, a new survey reveals. Nearly one in three teens surveyed – 30 percent – said during the previous 12 months they had accepted a ride from someone who'd been drinking alcohol. Further, one in four said they'd be willing to ride with a driver who has been drinking, according to results from a survey sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and State Farm Insurance. "Everyone would agree that riding with a drinking driver is not a good idea, but teens are making this choice to do so," said Dave Phillips, a State Farm spokesman. "This study shows that teens don't plan to ride with a drinking driver, but they are willing to do so if the situation comes up." But the online poll of 600 people ages 15 to 20 turned up some encouraging news, too. More than 90 percent of ... Read more

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Teens Swayed by Alcohol Ads

Posted 20 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2015 – Advertising strongly influences which brands of alcohol teens drink, a new study finds. The study found that 13- to 20-year-olds are over five times more likely to drink brands advertised on national television and 36 percent more likely to drink brands advertised in national magazines, compared to brands that don't advertise in these media. The results are from an online national survey conducted by the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Boston University School of Public Health. More than 1,000 underage drinkers were asked which of nearly 900 alcohol brands available in the United States they had consumed in the past month. The survey was conducted between December 2011 and May 2012. "Marketing exposure is increasingly recognized as an important factor in youth drinking, yet few studies ... Read more

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No Amount of Alcohol Safe During Pregnancy, Doctors Say

Posted 19 Oct 2015 by

MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2015 – While some studies have hinted that a little alcohol might be harmless during pregnancy, a leading U.S. pediatricians' group has issued a new warning that no amount of drinking is safe while pregnant. "The only guarantee of having no effects from alcohol is no prenatal alcohol exposure," said Dr. Janet Williams, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center and co-author of the new statement and report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). It's likely, she added, that future research will continue to show that "alcohol has subtle yet important lasting effects on academic performance, attention, behavior, cognition, memory, language skills, and visual and motor development." Physicians and researchers have been warning about the hazards of alcohol use during pregnancy for decades. Yet almost half of all women of childbearing ... Read more

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Tough Alcohol Policies Linked to Lower Death Rates From Liver Damage

Posted 15 Oct 2015 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 – States with strong alcohol control policies have lower death rates connected to alcohol-related liver damage, a new study finds. Researchers gave states scores based on their alcohol control policies, such as taxes, retail price restrictions and hours-of-sale limits. The stronger the policies, the higher the score. A 10-point increase in the score was associated with 9 percent fewer alcoholic cirrhosis deaths among all women, the investigators found. Chronic alcohol abuse can lead to cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver. When American Indian/Alaska Natives were not included, a 10-point increase in a state's alcohol policy score was associated with 11 percent fewer deaths in both sexes, and 18 percent fewer alcoholic cirrhosis deaths among women alone, the findings showed. The strongest link between alcohol policies and alcoholic cirrhosis death rates was in the ... Read more

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Cigarettes May Sabotage Alcoholics' Recovery

Posted 7 Oct 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 – Smoking greatly increases recovering alcoholics' risk of relapse, a new study warns. "Quitting smoking will improve anyone's health. But our study shows that giving up cigarettes is even more important for adults in recovery from alcohol since it will help them stay sober," said lead author Renee Goodwin. Goodwin is an associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. The study included tens of thousands of recovering alcoholics in the United States who were followed for three years. Smokers were two times more likely than nonsmokers to start drinking again, even after the researchers accounted for factors such as mood and anxiety disorders, illicit drug use and nicotine dependence. The study was recently published online in the journal Alcoholism: Experimental and Clinical Research. It's not clear ... Read more

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'Tweeners' Who Think Pot Is Cool More Likely to Drink and Drive Later: Study

Posted 5 Oct 2015 by

MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 – "Tweeners" who think marijuana is acceptable may be more likely to drive drunk or ride with a drunk driver when they reach high school, a new study suggests. The researchers followed nearly 1,200 U.S. middle school students from 2009 to 2013. The kids were assessed at ages 12, 14 and 16. The scientists found that positive beliefs about marijuana and confidence in their ability to not use marijuana when the kids were 12 were significant predictors of later driving drunk or riding with a drinking driver when they were 16. "It is crucial to intervene early to help prevent DUI or riding with a drinking driver in high school," said lead researcher Brett Ewing, a statistical project associate at RAND Corp in Santa Monica, Calif. "We need to target youth in middle school, and start the discussion with youth on how to make healthy choices," she said. "We need to ... Read more

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'Drugged Driving' on the Rise in U.S.

Posted 1 Oct 2015 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2015 – More Americans are under the influence of drugs while they drive, even as drunk driving rates decline, new research shows. In the report, 38 percent of drivers killed in accidents who were then tested had drugs in their systems, while about 42 percent of those tested for alcohol had positive results. And the number of drunk driving deaths has been sliced in half since 1980, government statistics shows. Over one-third of the drugs identified in the tests were marijuana in some form, followed by amphetamines, at almost 10 percent, the researchers found. "Every state must take steps to reduce drug-impaired driving, regardless of the legal status of marijuana," Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), said in an association news release. Marijuana is now legal for medical use in 23 states and the District of Columbia, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Don't Drink and Drive

Posted 30 Sep 2015 by

-- Thousands die each year in alcohol-related car crashes. To avoid becoming another statistic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises: Make the decision not to drink and drive. Designate an alcohol-free driver before anyone has the first drink, or decide that you'll call a taxi. Don't allow your friends to drink and drive. Stick to a reasonable amount of alcohol. Do not binge drink, and encourage friends to drink in moderation. If you struggle with alcohol, talk to a doctor or nurse about programs that can help. Always wear a seat belt, and make sure your passengers do so. Read more

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Lower Drinking Age May Bring More High School Dropouts

Posted 28 Sep 2015 by

MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 – Lowering the legal drinking age from 21 to 18 might lead to a surprising consequence – more high school dropouts. So claims a new study that found U.S. high school dropout rates increased between 4 percent and 13 percent in the 1970s and 1980s, a time when many states lowered the legal drinking age to 18. Dropout rates among black and Hispanic students rose more than among white students, the study revealed. The findings don't prove that a lower legal drinking age leads to higher dropout rates, but they do suggest an association, said lead researcher Andrew Plunk, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. "The minimum legal drinking age changes how easy it is for a young person to get alcohol. In places where it was lowered to 18, it's likely that more high school students were able to get alcohol from their friends," ... Read more

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Former Problem Drinkers Find It Tricky to Navigate Social Settings: Study

Posted 25 Sep 2015 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2015 – When former problem drinkers are socializing, they use a number of methods to let others know they don't drink, a small new study finds. Researchers interviewed 11 former problem drinkers who had been sober for between one and 19 years. Many of the study participants said they tried to avoid the issue altogether. Methods included posing as a drinker by holding a cup but not drinking, or simply refusing offers to drink without saying why. If asked why they were not drinking, some cited health problems or said they were taking medications that couldn't be used with alcohol. Some used humor to change the subject, the researchers found. A few of the former drinkers said they were open about their history of problem drinking, particularly if they thought it would get them out of a situation that threatened their sobriety, or if they believed it would help other ... Read more

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