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Cigarettes May Sabotage Alcoholics' Recovery

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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

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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

Related support groups: Smoking, Drug Dependence, Alcohol Dependence, Substance Abuse, Alcoholism, Cannabis, Hangover, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

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

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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

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-- 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

Related support groups: Alcohol Dependence, Alcohol Withdrawal, Alcoholism, Hangover, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Lower Drinking Age May Bring More High School Dropouts

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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

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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

Related support groups: Alcohol Dependence, Alcohol Withdrawal, Alcoholism, Hangover, Alcoholic Liver Damage, Acute Alcohol Intoxication, Alcoholic Psychosis, Alcoholic Gastritis

10 Percent of U.S. Women Drink During Pregnancy: Study

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THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2015 – Although drinking alcohol during pregnancy poses a risk to the unborn child, one in 10 pregnant women in the United States still consumes alcohol, a new study finds. What's worse, slightly more than 3 percent of pregnant women admitted that they binge drink, consuming four or more alcoholic drinks at a time, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "It's very discouraging. It's higher than I think any of us would have expected," said Dr. Maura Quinlan, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Quinlan was not involved with the new study. Alcohol consumption during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, premature delivery and stillbirth, said the study's lead author, Cheryl Tan, an epidemiologist in the CDC's National Center on Birth ... Read more

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Distractions Make Alcohol Even More Dangerous for Drivers

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MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2015 – Just a bit of alcohol coupled with a distraction, such as a text message or changing a radio station, can double the odds of trouble on the road, new research suggests. In simulated driving conditions, either alcohol or a distraction affected driving ability. But researchers found that the chances of impaired safe driving went up twofold when someone who had been drinking alcohol had to deal with a distraction while driving. And, this was true even for people whose alcohol levels were below the legal limits for drunk driving, the study found. The findings were published online recently in the journal Psychopharmacology. "A clearer understanding of how common distractions impact intoxicated drivers, especially at blood alcohol concentrations that are currently legal for driving in the United States, is an important step to reducing traffic accidents and ... Read more

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Heavy Drinking Linked to Greater Risk for Alcohol-Related Cancers

Posted 16 Sep 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 16, 2015 – Heavy drinking increases the risk for injury and alcohol-related cancers, a new study reports. Strategies are needed to curb alcohol abuse, particularly in low-income countries, the Canadian researchers said in the study published Sept. 16 in The Lancet. "Our data support the call to increase global awareness of the importance of harmful use of alcohol and the need to further identify and target the modifiable determinants of harmful alcohol use," study author Dr. Andrew Smyth, of the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Ontario, said in a journal news release. Previous studies on alcohol use were conducted primarily in high-income countries, the researchers pointed out. This time, the investigators analyzed the link between alcohol intake and health outcomes in 12 countries with different economic levels. The high-income countries ... Read more

Related support groups: Cancer, Alcohol Dependence, Alcoholism, Hangover, Alcoholic Gastritis

Fewer U.S. Teens Abusing Alcohol, Prescription Meds: Survey

Posted 10 Sep 2015 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 – There's good news from a new U.S. government report: The percentage of people ages 12 to 17 who smoke, drink or abuse certain drugs is falling. The findings come from 2014 survey data released Thursday by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The annual government survey involves about 67,500 Americans aged 12 and older. According to the survey, the rate at which kids between 12 and 17 said they had drank alcohol over the prior month has fallen from 17.6 percent in 2002 to 11.5 percent by 2014. Illicit abuse of prescription narcotic painkillers – drugs such as OxyContin and Vicodin – has also been a big concern over the past few years. However, the SAMHSA study found that while 3.2 percent of teens said they had abused the meds in 2002, the rate had fallen to 1.9 percent by 2014. Rates of smoking and other tobacco use ... Read more

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One or Two Drinks a Day Might Boost Cancer Risk: Study

Posted 18 Aug 2015 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 – Just one or two drinks a day can increase the risk of certain cancers, researchers report. A new study of 136,000 adults found light to moderate drinking was associated with an increased risk of breast cancer in women and several other cancers in male smokers. Light drinking is defined as up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks daily for men, the researchers added. "Our study reinforces the dietary guidelines that it is important not to go beyond one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men," said lead investigator Yin Cao, a research fellow in the nutrition department at Harvard's T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. However, the study did not prove that drinking raises cancer risk; it only showed an association. Determining whether to drink and how much should take into account your smoking history, family history of ... Read more

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Kids Exposed to Lots of Alcohol Ads While Watching Sports on TV

Posted 12 Aug 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 – Children who watch sports on television are exposed to a large number of alcohol ads, a new Australian study finds. Researchers discovered that 87 percent of alcohol ads on daytime television in Australia aired during sports shows watched by hundreds of thousands of children. There were more than 6,000 alcohol ads on free-to-air sports shows Australia in 2012, the researchers found. Sports shows had many more alcohol ads per hour than non-sports shows. Most of the alcohol ads aired during televised sports were during children's and teens' peak viewing times, the study reported. "Taking into account the amount of programming time for sport vs. non-sport TV, there's four alcohol adverts in sport for every one in non-sport TV. Australian children love watching sport but unfortunately they are going to have to watch a lot of alcohol ads as well," study leader ... Read more

Related support groups: Alcohol Dependence, Alcoholism, Hangover, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Tying the Knot May Mean Less Drinking for Young Adults

Posted 11 Aug 2015 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2015 – Toasting the bride and groom may bode well for healthful drinking later: A new study finds that marriage appears to lower drinking rates among young adults. Researchers looked at long-term data from an ongoing study of familial alcoholism to learn how people's drinking habits changed between ages 18 and 40. They also looked at how drinking habits were affected by marriage. About 50 percent of the study participants were children of alcoholics, researchers said. "Confirming our prediction, we found that marriage not only led to reductions in heavy drinking in general, this effect was much stronger for those who were severe problem drinkers before getting married," Matthew Lee, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri, said in a university news release. Although this study found a link between marriage and ... Read more

Related support groups: Alcohol Dependence, Alcoholism, Hangover, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Face-to-Face Support Groups Still Best for Staying Sober: Study

Posted 7 Aug 2015 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2015 – Traditional face-to-face support groups are better than increasingly popular online support groups at helping people with substance abuse problems stay sober, a new study finds. Researchers surveyed 141 women and 55 men, aged 18 to over 60, who used both types of support groups. More than 90 percent of the participants had been in recovery for more than a year. People who attended more face-to-face meetings had greater success in achieving and maintaining sobriety than those who used online support groups more often, the findings showed. One factor that may explain that difference is that participants said they were less likely to be dishonest in face-to-face meetings than online. A commitment to honesty is a major part of 12-step substance abuse recovery programs, so being dishonest could jeopardize recovery, the researchers said. The study was presented ... Read more

Related support groups: Alcohol Dependence, Alcohol Withdrawal, Alcoholism, Hangover, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Over 4 Million Americans Say They've Driven Drunk in Prior Month: CDC

Posted 6 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 – A new study finds that close to 2 percent of adults – about 4.2 million people – admitted to driving while intoxicated at least once over the prior month. The study, based on 2012 data analyzed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also outlines the "typical" drunk driver: Young males with a history of binge drinking. Curbing the problem could save countless lives, the CDC researchers said, since "alcohol-impaired driving crashes have accounted for about one third of all U.S. crash fatalities in the past two decades." One expert agreed. Binge drinking is rampant among the young, said Dr. Scott Krakower, who specializes in alcohol abuse issues. "Individuals should not be afraid to seek help if they have a drinking problem," he said. "Bottom line: if one is drinking, they should never drive a motor vehicle. They are putting innocent lives at ... Read more

Related support groups: Alcohol Dependence, Alcoholism, Hangover, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

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