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More Booze Won't Beat Back That Hangover

Posted 24 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 24, 2017 – Contrary to what you might want to believe, a hair of the dog isn't the best remedy after a night of heavy drinking, a substance abuse expert warns. "There's no scientific evidence that having an alcoholic drink will cure a hangover," said Laura Veach. "It will, at best, postpone one." Veach is director of screening and counseling intervention services and training at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. People develop hangovers because the concentration of alcohol in their blood falls dramatically once they stop drinking. This can lead to headache, thirst, fatigue, dizziness, nausea and irritability. "Taking a drink the morning after may temporarily make you feel better because you're putting alcohol back into the system," Veach said in a center news release. "But it doesn't cure the hangover; it just sort of tricks you by masking the ... Read more

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

Tougher Alcohol Laws Mean Fewer Young People Killed on the Road

Posted 13 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – In U.S. states with the toughest laws to discourage drinking and driving, fewer children and teens were killed in car crashes, a new study shows. Half of motor vehicle accidents that claim the lives of children and teens in the United States are fueled by alcohol, the researchers noted. Of the nearly 85,000 kids and teens killed in car crashes in the United States between 2000 and 2013, 28 percent involved drivers who were legally drunk. About half the children died in crashes where the driver had any alcohol in his or her system, according to the study. But the states with the toughest policies saw a 9 percent decrease in child and teen crash deaths. "To reduce alcohol-related crash deaths among youth, it is important to strengthen policies that focus on adults, not just youth, and that focus on drinking, not just driving," said senior study author Dr. Tim ... Read more

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

Breathalyzer Lock Laws Prevent Drunk-Driving Deaths: Study

Posted 5 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 – Breathalyzer-type devices known as ignition interlocks that prevent drunks from driving do prevent deadly accidents, a new study indicates. States started passing mandatory interlock laws in 1993. This new study found they were associated with a 7 percent decrease in the rate of fatal crashes involving at least one drunk driver. "Our study demonstrates the value of mandatory ignition interlock laws across the United States," said study leader Emma McGinty. "We already know that alcohol plays a tragic role in the number of motor vehicle crash fatalities each year. Interlock laws which are mandatory for all DUI offenders save lives," said McGinty, deputy director at the Johns Hopkins Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy Research in Baltimore. Cars equipped with an ignition interlock won't start if the driver's blood alcohol level exceeds a preset limit. ... Read more

Related support groups: Alcohol Dependence, Alcohol Withdrawal, Alcoholism, Hangover, Alcoholic Cirrhosis, Alcoholic Liver Damage, Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy, Acute Alcohol Intoxication, Alcoholic Psychosis, Alcoholic Gastritis, Alcohol Hepatitis, Alcoholic Gastritis with Hemorrhage

Kids Landing in ERs After Drinking Parents' E-Cig Nicotine Liquid

Posted 27 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 – A case study highlights the danger liquid nicotine for electronic cigarettes poses to children. Doctors in Oregon described the case of a 6-year-old girl who accidentally swallowed liquid nicotine used in her parents' e-cigarettes. The girl's mother had filled an empty ibuprofen bottle with liquid nicotine that she had mixed herself using unflavored nicotine and vegetable glycerin. Believing the bottle still contained ibuprofen, the father gave his daughter a dose of the liquid to treat pain from a sprained ankle. The girl quickly lost consciousness. Her father immediately contacted poison control and called 911, according to the account published online recently in the journal Annals of Emergency Medicine. "Liquid nicotine is highly concentrated, which makes it especially dangerous in households with children," study author Dr. Matthew Noble said in a journal ... Read more

Related support groups: Ibuprofen, Smoking, Advil, Smoking Cessation, Alcohol Dependence, Motrin, Nicotine, Alcoholism, Vicoprofen, Advil PM, Hangover, Nicorette, Nicoderm CQ, Nicotrol Inhaler, Advil Cold and Sinus, Commit, Hydrocodone/Ibuprofen, Habitrol, Duexis, Motrin PM

Alcohol Can Be a Risky Guest at Holiday Parties

Posted 11 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Dec. 11, 2016 – During the holiday season, gatherings and parties are a part of the festivities. Unfortunately, so are alcohol-related accidents and deaths. Many people who attend seasonal parties seldom drink alcohol, making them more vulnerable to its effects, according to experts at UC Davis Health System in California. Meanwhile, heavy drinkers may use holiday gatherings as an opportunity to let loose and drink too much, the experts cautioned. Drinking in moderation can help prevent alcohol-related injuries and health issues. It's also important to appoint a designated driver who will stay sober and ensure partygoers get home safely, the experts advised. Everyone metabolizes alcohol differently. U.S. health officials define moderate drinking as one drink per day for women and two drinks for men. The type of alcohol also matters. One drink is the equivalent of: 1.5 ounces ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Alcohol Dependence, Alcohol Withdrawal, Alcoholism, Dysthymia, Hangover, Depressive Psychosis, Acute Alcohol Intoxication, Alcoholic Psychosis

A Little Alcohol Each Day May Cut Your Risk of Stroke

Posted 24 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 24, 2016 – Light or moderate drinking may reduce the risk of one type of stroke but not another, while heavy drinking increases the risk of both types, a new study suggests. A research team from England and Sweden reviewed 25 studies as well as national data from Sweden. The investigators reported that consumption of up to two drinks a day was associated with a lower risk of ischemic stroke (blocked blood flow to the brain), but appeared to have no effect on the risk of bleeding (hemorrhagic) stroke. According to the American Stroke Association, about 87 percent of strokes are ischemic strokes, while the other 13 percent are hemorrhagic. High-to-heavy drinking (two to more than four drinks a day) was associated with an added risk of both types of stroke, according to the findings published online Nov. 23 in the journal BMC Medicine. "Our results showed that heavy ... Read more

Related support groups: Ischemic Stroke, Alcohol Dependence, Transient Ischemic Attack, Alcoholism, Hangover, Ischemic Stroke - Prophylaxis, Thromboembolic Stroke Prophylaxis, Intracranial Hemorrhage, Acute Alcohol Intoxication, Alcoholic Psychosis, Alcoholic Gastritis

U.S. Surgeon General Declares War on Addiction

Posted 18 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2016 – America's response to alcohol and drug addiction demands a shift in thinking – away from moralizing and toward proven medical treatment instead, the U.S. Surgeon General said Thursday. For too long, addiction has been looked at as a character flaw or a moral failing, rather than as a chronic disease of the brain, Dr. Vivek Murthy said during a morning news conference. "We have 20.8 million people in America with substance abuse disorders," the Surgeon General noted. But only one in 10 is getting treatment, research shows. "That is unacceptable, we have to close that gap," Murthy said. Addiction to alcohol or drugs is not hopeless. "There's strong evidence that prevention and treatment work," Murthy said. Under this line of thinking, treatment of opioid disorders – a national crisis – is likely to include medications such as buprenorphine and methadone. ... Read more

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Alcoholics May Lack Key Enzyme

Posted 21 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 – Alcoholics may lack an enzyme that would help them control their impulse to drink, a new study with rats suggests. Researchers found that turning off production of the enzyme PRDM2 in the frontal lobes of the rodents led the animals to drink alcohol, even when it was unpleasant to do so. "PRDM2 controls the expression of several genes that are necessary for effective signaling between nerve cells. When too little enzyme is produced, no effective signals are sent from the cells that are supposed to stop the impulse," said study leader Markus Heilig, head of the Center for Social and Affective Neuroscience at Linkoping University in Sweden. "We see how a single molecular manipulation gives rise to important characteristics of an addictive illness," Heilig said in a university news release. "Now that we're beginning to understand what's happening, we hope we'll ... Read more

Related support groups: Alcohol Dependence, Alcohol Withdrawal, Alcoholism, Hangover, Diagnosis and Investigation, Acute Alcohol Intoxication, Alcoholic Psychosis, Alcoholic Gastritis

Would Weaker Beer Help Reduce Alcohol's Harms?

Posted 11 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 – Lowering the alcohol content in beer and other drinks may help reduce their harmful health effects, researchers say. Alcohol causes substantial disability and death worldwide. Nearly a quarter of deaths among people between the ages of 20 and 39 are alcohol-related, according to the World Health Organization. "The idea is that a small reduction in alcohol – such as beer with four percent ethanol content versus six per cent – would reduce alcohol intake per drinker even if the same overall amount of beverage is consumed," researcher Jurgen Rehm said. Rehm is director of the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. He and his colleagues concluded that lower levels of ethanol – the most harmful ingredient in alcoholic beverages – would lead to lower blood alcohol levels in drinkers. That would ... Read more

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Heavy Drinking Might Harm the Lungs

Posted 5 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2016 – Heavy drinking may increase the risk of lung problems, a new study suggests. "Alcohol appears to disrupt the healthy balance in the lung," said study lead author Dr. Majid Afshar, of Loyola University Chicago. He is an assistant professor in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine and department of public health sciences. Afshar's team analyzed data from more than 12,000 American adults. The researchers found that heavy drinkers (more than one drink a day for women and more than two drinks a day for men) and people who binge-drink at least once a month had less nitric oxide in their exhaled breath than non-drinkers. Binge-drinking is consuming four or more drinks per occasion for women and five or more drinks for men. Also, the researchers found that the more alcohol heavy drinkers consumed, the lower the level of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide helps ... Read more

Related support groups: Alcohol Dependence, Alcohol Withdrawal, Alcoholism, Hangover, Respiratory Tract Disease, Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Respiratory Failure, Acute Alcohol Intoxication, Alcoholic Psychosis

Smoke Less, Drink Less?

Posted 22 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 – Smokers who try to give up tobacco drink less alcohol than other smokers, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed survey data from nearly 6,300 smokers in England, including 144 who said they had attempted to quit smoking the week before they were surveyed. Those who tried to quit cigarettes drank less alcohol and were less likely to binge drink than those who did not try to quit. "These results go against the commonly held view that people who stop smoking tend to drink more to compensate. It's possible that they are heeding advice to try to avoid alcohol because of its link to relapse," said study lead author Jamie Brown, from University College London. The reasons for the findings aren't clear. Smokers may reduce their alcohol consumption when trying to quit smoking to lower the risk of relapse, or people who drink less may be more likely to quit smoking, ... Read more

Related support groups: Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Alcohol Dependence, Alcohol Withdrawal, Alcoholism, Hangover, Acute Alcohol Intoxication, Alcoholic Psychosis

Jello Shots While Underage, Bigger Booze Problems Later?

Posted 29 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 – Many underage Americans down jello shots, and these young drinkers are more likely to binge drink, drink heavily and get into alcohol-fueled fights, researchers say. The Boston University researchers surveyed more than 1,000 alcohol users, aged 13 to 20, and found that just over 20 percent had consumed jello shots in the past 30 days. Rates were slightly higher among females than males, and higher among those from homes with lower incomes and those without internet access. Compared to those who did not consume jello shots, users consumed alcohol an average of slightly more than two more days per week and had more drinks per month (31 versus 19). In addition, jello shot users got into more fights after consuming alcohol (close to 19 percent versus 9.5 percent), the study found. But the study did not prove that consuming these alcohol-laced concoctions caused ... Read more

Related support groups: Alcohol Dependence, Alcohol Withdrawal, Alcoholism, Hangover, Alcoholic Cirrhosis, Alcoholic Liver Damage, Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy, Acute Alcohol Intoxication, Alcoholic Psychosis, Alcoholic Gastritis, Alcohol Hepatitis, Alcoholic Gastritis with Hemorrhage

Breathalyzer-Locked Car Ignitions Are Saving Lives, Study Says

Posted 18 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 17, 2016 – Ignition devices that prevent driving after drinking significantly reduce alcohol-related crash deaths, a new study finds. Essentially in-car breathalyzers, the "ignition interlocks" led to a 15 percent decline in alcohol-related deaths in 18 states that required them for anyone convicted of drunken driving, the researchers found. The estimated 915 lives saved from 2007 to 2013 is comparable to the lives saved by mandatory airbag laws and the 21-year-old drinking age, the study authors noted. "The number of times that I have had to talk to a family and tell them that they lost their son or brother or daughter or sister to something so preventable as a drunk driving crash, it's hard to count even in my short time of practice – that's my motivation," said study author Dr. Elinore Kaufman, a student in the health policy program at the University of Pennsylvania ... Read more

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

Study Details Dire Consequences of Fetal Alcohol Disorders

Posted 25 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 – The many behavioral problems experienced by children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders require early attention, a new research review suggests. This group of health problems – caused by mothers drinking alcohol during pregnancy – may include anxiety, aggression, inattention and more, the researchers found. They analyzed published studies and identified three main types of behavioral problems among children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: "internalizing" behaviors such as anxiety, withdrawal and depression; "externalizing" behaviors such as aggression and delinquency; and other issues such as problems with social skills, attention and thought processing. The study, by researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia, was published online Feb. 23 in the journal Pediatrics. "The finding highlights the need for strategies for early intervention, ... Read more

Related support groups: Alcohol Dependence, Alcohol Withdrawal, Alcoholism, Hydrocephalus, Brain Anomalies incl Congenital, Acute Alcohol Intoxication, Fetal Maturation, Alcoholic Psychosis

Pot Smokers Susceptible to Other Addictions, Study Finds

Posted 17 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 – Pot smokers may be at significantly greater risk for developing an addiction to other drugs or alcohol, a new study suggests. Researchers found that adult marijuana use was associated with greater likelihood of developing alcohol and drug use problems, including nicotine dependence, over three years of follow-up. But it was not associated with greater risk of developing a mood or anxiety disorder. "This new finding raises the possibility that the recent rise in marijuana use may be contributing to the coincident rise in serious harms related to narcotics and other drugs of abuse," said lead researcher Dr. Mark Olfson. He is a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. The results stem from a sampling of nearly 35,000 adults interviewed three years apart for the U.S. National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related ... Read more

Related support groups: Opiate Dependence, Drug Dependence, Alcohol Dependence, Alcohol Withdrawal, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, Hangover, Cannabis, Benzodiazepine Overdose, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Substance Abuse - Cocaine, Acute Alcohol Intoxication, Alcoholic Psychosis

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