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Fewer U.S. Kids Binge Drinking

Posted 2 days 21 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 – A new federal report finds that fewer U.S. teens and young adults are indulging in frat-party style drinking because their levels of binge drinking have gone down over the past six years. But not all teens and young adults are forgoing extra drinks. Fourteen percent of young people from 12 to 20 years old reported binge drinking at least once within the past four weeks. Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks on one occasion within a few hours, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA). "Alcohol use continues to be a serious public health issue for young people, their families, and communities," said Frances Harding, director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at SAMHSA. "We've made plenty of progress through prevention efforts, yet the work still needs to continue." she said in an agency news ... Read more

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Health Tip: Get the Facts on Alcohol and Sleep

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

-- A glass of wine may initially help you drift off to sleep, but it's hardly a prescription for a quality night of rest. Here's how alcohol can interfere with sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation: Alcohol's iniitial sedating effects wear off, which could make you more restless and likely to waken. Alcohol interferes with REM sleep, which could affect memory and concentration. Women are more likely than men to have poor sleep after drinking alcohol. Read more

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Pot Plus Booze: A Deadly Mix Behind the Wheel

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 – Marijuana and alcohol make a terrible mix on the road, significantly increasing a driver's chances of causing a deadly crash, a new study warns. The risk of being the person to start a crash if you've used both pot and alcohol "increases by more than fivefold when compared with drivers who used neither of the substances," study author Dr. Guohua Li, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, said in a school news release. Researchers looked at data from nearly 15,000 fatal two-vehicle crashes in the United States between 1993 and 2014. Drivers who caused the crashes were much more likely than blameless drivers to test positive for alcohol (28 percent vs. 10 percent), marijuana (10 percent vs. 6 percent), or both alcohol and marijuana (4 percent vs. 1 percent). Drivers who tested positive for alcohol, marijuana or both ... Read more

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Centenarians Often Healthier Than Younger Seniors: Study

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 – Americans who are 100 years or older have lower rates of chronic illness than younger seniors, a new study finds. George Washington University researchers used U.S. Veterans Affairs Administration data to compare centenarians with people in their 80s and 90s. Most were white men who had fought in World War II. "Additionally, this generation lived through the Great Depression," study author Dr. Raya Elfadel Kheirbek said in a university news release. "It is a wonder, considering the hardships they had faced, that they have achieved such longevity." She said this never-before-studied group of centenarians at the VA offers an important message of resilience to anyone who is struggling. Kheirbek, an associate professor of medicine at George Washington, is also a palliative care doctor at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Due to their military ... Read more

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Health Tip: Teach Teens About Dangerous Driving Habits

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Distractions abound for people behind the wheel, especially for teens who recently started driving. Safe Kids Worldwide says parents should encourage teens to avoid these dangerous habits: Not using a seat belt. Texting and driving. Having more than one friend in the car. Driving under the influence of alcohol. Driving at night. Driving too fast. Read more

Related support groups: Alcohol Dependence, Head Injury, Alcoholism, Hangover, Acute Alcohol Intoxication, Prevention of Fractures

Nearly 10 Million U.S. Adults Suffer From Mental Illness

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 12, 2017 – Nearly 10 million American adults have a serious mental illness, and a similar number have considered suicide during the past year, according to a new government report on the nation's behavioral ills. The report also said that 15.7 million Americans abuse alcohol and 7.7 million abuse illicit drugs. The nation's growing opioid epidemic was also a focus in the report. The researchers found that 12.5 million people are estimated to have misused prescription painkillers such as oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet) or hydrocodone (Vicoprofen). Despite the growing number of Americans with mental health problems, about a third of those who need help aren't getting it, said researcher Dr. Beth Han. She's from the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality at the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). "These are real increases," ... Read more

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Excess Alcohol May Speed Muscle Loss in Older Women

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 – Heavy drinking may hasten muscle loss in older women, a new study warns. Both aging and menopause can lead to loss of muscle mass and strength, a condition called sarcopenia. Muscle mass loss typically starts in midlife, and progresses at a rate of 6 percent per decade, the researchers said. Usually, only three-quarters of midlife muscle mass remains after the age of 80. This loss of muscle affects balance, gait and the ability to do daily tasks, the researchers said. By 2030, the number of people in the world 60 or older is estimated to grow by 56 percent, and older people will number one in six individuals globally, according to the South Korean researchers. Their study looked at nearly 2,400 postmenopausal women, average age 62. Of those, 8 percent had sarcopenia. Rates of sarcopenia were nearly four times higher among high-risk drinkers than among low-risk ... Read more

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Even Moderate Drinking May Dull the Aging Brain

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 – People who drink at even moderate levels may see some of their mental skills slip faster as they age, a new study suggests. The researchers found that those who regularly drank alcohol showed greater brain shrinkage than non-drinkers by old age. They also lost more of their language "fluency" – a measure of memory and thinking skills. And, the effects were seen even among people who drank "moderately" – roughly four to seven drinks a week, the researchers found. The findings do not prove that alcohol was to blame. But experts said they add to evidence that moderate drinking is not as healthful as many like to believe. "People should be skeptical of the idea that it's actually healthy, and treat alcohol with respect," said Tim Stockwell, director of the Center for Addictions Research at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada. Stockwell, who was ... Read more

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Cirrhosis Could Raise Stroke Risk

Posted 5 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 5, 2017 – Cirrhosis – a stiffening of liver tissue that's often tied to excessive drinking of alcohol – may also raise an older person's odds for a stroke, a new study suggests. "In a nationally representative sample of elderly patients with vascular risk factors, cirrhosis was associated with an increased risk of stroke, particularly hemorrhagic stroke," wrote a team led by Dr. Neal Parikh, of Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Hemorrhagic or "bleeding" stroke comprises about 13 percent of strokes and occurs when a blood vessel ruptures, according to the American Stroke Association. The majority of strokes (87 percent) are ischemic – meaning they are caused by clots. In the new study, Parikh's team tracked 2008-2014 data for more than 1.6 million Medicare patients older than 66. The research showed that while just over 1 percent ... Read more

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Elite High Schools Breed Higher Risk of Addiction: Study

Posted 1 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 – Privilege doesn't necessarily offer protection from drug addiction, new research suggests. Teens at elite U.S. high schools seem to face a higher risk of addiction as young adults, the study found. "We found alarmingly high rates of substance abuse among young adults who we initially studied as teenagers," said study author Suniya Luthar, a professor of psychology at Arizona State University. "Results showed that among both men and women and across annual assessments, these young adults had substantial elevations, relative to national norms, in frequency of several indicators – drinking to intoxication and of using marijuana, stimulants such as Adderall, cocaine, and club drugs such as ecstasy," she said in a university news release. The study included more than 500 students from affluent communities in the Northeast. They were assessed when they were high ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Opiate Dependence, Drug Dependence, Substance Abuse, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Many Teens Ride With Impaired Drivers

Posted 30 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 30, 2017 – More than one-third of Canadian high school students admit riding in cars with drivers who've been drinking alcohol. And almost 20 percent say they've ridden with someone who'd recently used marijuana, a new study reveals. "These numbers are concerning," said study author Leia Minaker, an assistant professor at Canada's University of Waterloo. "A significant proportion of car-crash deaths are related to alcohol and drug impairment." The researchers analyzed results of a 2014-15 national survey taken by 24,650 students. Based on the results, they estimate that 9 percent of students in grades 11 and 12 have driven within an hour of drinking, and more than 9 percent have driven after using marijuana. "The link between alcohol-impaired driving and collision rates is well-recognized, but the consequences of marijuana use are less clear," Minaker said. Canada wants to ... Read more

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Transgender People Report More Health Problems

Posted 30 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 30, 2017 – Transgender adults struggle more with their health, and researchers say they can't explain away the disparity by pointing to poverty or poor lifestyle habits. But lead researcher Dr. Carl Streed Jr. did suggest that a theory known as the "minority stress model" might explain the differences. "The idea is that any population that has experienced stigma and discrimination has that negative experience reflecting in their health" and how they perceive it, Streed explained. He is a postdoctoral fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The findings were not surprising to one transgender health expert. "Transgender people are still often misunderstood and marginalized," said Dr. Stephen Rosenthal, medical director of the Benioff Children's Hospital Child and Adolescent Gender Center at the University of California, San Francisco. "When I look back over the ... Read more

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3 Key Lifestyle Factors Can Lower Breast Cancer Odds

Posted 23 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 – Things that keep you healthy overall, also appear to help lower a woman's risk of breast cancer, a new review says. The review found that exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and limiting alcohol could all reduce breast cancer odds. The report, from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund, is based on a review of over 100 studies. On balance, researchers found, regular exercise was tied to small reductions in the risk of breast cancer. On the other hand, the risk was elevated among women who drank regularly – even at a "moderate" one-drink-a-day level. Meanwhile, women who were overweight throughout adulthood faced a heightened risk of breast cancer after menopause. The bottom line is that women can take steps to cut their odds of developing the disease, according to Dr. Anne McTiernan, one of the report ... Read more

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Fewer US Teens Are Boozing It Up

Posted 22 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 – American teens are hitting the bottle less often than they did 25 years ago, new research reveals. The analysis found that while 5 percent of 13-year-olds frequently binge drank between 1991 and 1998, only 2.6 percent were doing so in 2015. Among 18-year-olds, that number fell from 20 percent to less than 15 percent in the same time frame. "Frequent binge drinking" was defined as knocking back five or more drinks in a row, on two or more separate occasions, over the span of two weeks. And while rates are down overall, study author Joy Bohyun Jang said the trend isn't benefiting all teens equally. "First," she said, "black youth have experienced slower declines since 1991. Second, the gender gap is narrowing recently due to female's slower decline in the frequent binge drinking rates. Third, the socioeconomic status gap is growing, due to slower decline among ... Read more

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Could a Weight-Loss Surgery Lead to Alcohol Abuse?

Posted 18 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 – After a popular type of weight-loss surgery, nearly 21 percent of patients develop a drinking problem, sometimes years later, researchers report. The esearchers followed more than 2,000 patients who had weight-loss surgery at 10 hospitals across the United States. Over seven years, more than 1 in 5 who had Roux-en-Y gastric bypass weight-loss surgery developed a problem such as alcohol abuse or alcoholism, compared with around 11 percent of those who underwent gastric banding. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is a surgical procedure that significantly reduces the size of the stomach and changes connections with the small intestine. Gastric banding, another weight-loss option, involves placing an adjustable band around the stomach to reduce the amount of food it can hold. In recent years, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass has become more popular than gastric banding because it ... Read more

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