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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...

Jerome Whitehead Death Connected to Persistent Alcohol Abuse

Jerome Whitehead, known for a historic 1977 shot in the NCAA semifinals, among numerous NBA career highlights, died in December 2012 of causes related to persistent alcohol abuse. Whitehead’s NBA career spanned more than a decade, including play for San Diego, San Antonio, the Utah Jazz and the Dallas Mavericks. He was drafted from Marquette University in 1978. One of Whitehead’s most notable and...

People with Alcohol Dependence Manage Social Rejection Differently, Says Study

Not only is alcoholism a serious, progressive and life-threatening disease – it can also create a situation where the person finds maintaining a healthy social life almost impossible or sees their social relationships dissolve as they work through treatment and recovery. A study exploring the effects of the loss of social networks on people with alcohol addiction or dependence looked at specific ways the...

Glass of Alcoholic Beverage Half Empty…Type of Glass Hinders Ability to Notice

The type of glass used to consume an alcoholic beverage may have a stronger impact on how quickly the beverage is consumed than previously believed. Consequently, the phrase "pace yourself" may take on new meaning. A study from the U.K.’s Bristol School of Experimental Psychology brought 160 participants together to investigate whether glass type and size impacted their consumption. The participants...

Substance Abuse Differs Between Mexican-American Genders

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides regular reports highlighting trends in substance use across the nation. In a recent publication, the substance abuse habits of Mexican-American men and women were summarized by SAMHSA. The report is based on admissions records to substance abuse treatment facilities located in various locations in the United States. The report showed...

Substance Abuse Treatment Compared in Rural and Urban Settings

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides regular reports about the trends across the United States related to substance use and treatment. The information the administration provides aids policymakers in determining where to strategically locate substance abuse treatment centers and in the development of education and intervention materials. A recent report issued by ...

Alcohol Consumption May Lead to Other Substance Abuse

Research now shows that the earlier a person is introduced to alcohol, the greater their chance of abusing drugs later in life. Pot has always taken the heat in the past as being the drug that opens the door to more illegal substance abuse, but now alcohol may be the biggest factor. The research now shows that more than 75 percent of teens are likely to try alcohol compared with less than 50 percent who experiment...

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