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Alcoholism & Addiction

Most Teens Who Smoke Marijuana Pair It With Alcohol

Alcohol and marijuana are the two most frequently used and abused substances among U.S. teens. Apart from their separate effects, the two substances pose special risks when used together. In a study published in November 2013 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a team of American researchers sought to determine how many teenagers simultaneously use alcohol and marijuana. These researchers also examined the...

Shared Traits in Depression, Anxiety and Alcohol Addiction

New research has unveiled some common traits shared between people suffering from depression, anxiety and alcohol addiction, potentially offering new avenues for the treatment of these conditions. Alcohol addiction has long been suspected to have links to various psychological conditions, but the new study aims to shine the light on the specific aspects of the individuals’ personalities underpinning the issues....

Polydrug Dependence Can Change Your Moral Outlook

Polydrug dependence, also known as polysubstance dependence, occurs when a person develops a physical/psychological reliance on two or more substances of abuse. This condition is a potential outcome of any sustained involvement in polydrug use. According to the results of a study published in October 2013 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, polydrug dependence can significantly alter an individual’s moral...

Heavy Alcohol Consumption and Negative Teen Side Effects

When a teenager experiments with alcohol for the first time it’s called early initiation. This is a serious concern because many teens that use alcohol recreationally develop a dependence by the time they reach adulthood. In addition to the increased risk of addiction, there are many immediate risks associated with adolescent alcohol consumption, including risky sexual behaviors that can result in an unplanned...

The Damage Alcohol Abuse is Doing to Twenty-Somethings

Alcohol abuse costs young people in terms of health, relationships and quality of life, but it also has an impact on the broader culture. New research has managed to quantify some of those negative costs to the individual as well as society at large. Called the Christchurch Health and Development Study, the research took a broad look at how heavy drinking by New Zealand’s young adults affects several aspects of a...

Understanding Alcohol-Related Disorders

Alcohol-related disorders is the collective name for a group of mental health conditions that revolve around the dysfunctional consumption of alcoholic beverages. These conditions appear in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in a chapter dedicated to all kinds of substance-related disorders. DSM 5, the new fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical...

States Consider Abolishing Alcohol ‘Blue Laws’ to Boost Coffers

So-called “blue laws” may soon be abolished in several states across the country. The laws, which limit the sale of liquor on Sundays, were originally part of a religious ordinance to reserve Sunday as a day of rest. But critics say removal of weekend restrictions will create a significant boost in revenue and taxes and will keep customers from having to cross states lines to buy alcohol. Opening the limits for...

Heart Beat Affects Alcohol Cravings, Study Finds

The Drug and Alcohol Dependence publication recently included a report that says there is a link between the autonomic nervous system and the compulsion for alcoholics to drink. Researchers have begun to look at cardiac measurements in determining which alcoholics in treatment are likely to experience the strongest urges to go back to drinking. They achieved this by measuring heart beat changes, also referred to as...

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