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Alcoholism & Addiction

Sports Stars Influence Drinking Behavior Only When Used as Marketing Tools for Alcohol Industry

Surprisingly, the drunken behavior of some of our sporting heroes (which is routinely reported in the media) has little or no effect on the drinking habits of young people, new research has found. However, previous research suggests that sports and sports stars are much more likely to influence the drinking behavior of fans when used as marketing tools by the alcohol industry, such as through sponsorship...

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Linked to Epilepsy

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) refers to a range of negative developmental outcomes that result from maternal drinking during pregnancy. Children with FASD can suffer from many problems, including epilepsy, a disorder characterized by spontaneous recurrence of unprovoked seizures that affects 0.6 percent of the general population. A new study has found a much higher prevalence of epilepsy or history of...

Examining Alcohol Use Disorders through Gene Networks

Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are influenced by multiple genetic, environmental, and behavioral factors, making it difficult to find individual genetic markers to help identify those at risk of developing AUDs. A new study examined how a person’s level of response (LR) to alcohol, which is closely linked to the development of AUDs, is related to "gene sets" rather than individual genes. Findings show...

Alcohol-Related Deaths on the Rise Globally

One in 25 deaths across the globe can be directly attributed to alcohol consumption, according to new research from the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. "These numbers are high," says Dr. Jurgen Rehm, one of the authors of the study published in this week’s edition of the Lancet. "And they’re only getting higher as more people drink in higher volumes and more frequent...

Fruit Flies Make Optimal Study Subjects in Alcohol Consumption Research

When a person is addicted to alcohol, given the opportunity to consume it is likely to produce drinking at levels as high as desired. According to recent research, the same can be said about fruit flies. Science Daily recently posted a release that examined a study conducted by Ulrike Heberlein of the University of California, San Francisco. Heberlein has been studying the genes underlying alcohol response and...

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