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Alcoholism & Addiction

Intervention Efforts May Be Effective in PAE Children

An individual who is exposed to a certain amount of alcohol in the womb can have significant social impairments, according to a recent release in Science Daily. Children with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) are on a path for loneliness unless a successful intervention is possible. An examination of social-skills intervention called Children’s Friendship Training found that it led to a decrease in hostile...

Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant Linked to Child Behavior Problems

A new study from Perth’s Telethon Institute for Child Health Research has found evidence that the amount and timing of alcohol consumption in pregnancy affects child behavior in different ways. The study was published online in the international journal Addiction. Lead author Colleen O’Leary said the analysis was drawn from a random sample of more than 2,000 mothers who completed a questionnaire three...

Young Drinkers More Susceptible to Developing Alcohol Problems Later in Life

A new study warns that the age at which a person takes his or her first drink may influence genes linked to alcoholism, making the youngest drinkers the most susceptible to severe problems. Science Daily reports that a team of researchers, led by scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, studied 6,257 adult twins from Australia to learn whether twins who start drinking at an early age are...

RTI Gets Grant for Childhood Drinking Prevention Program

Researchers at RTI International have been given a $3 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to conduct a study that aims to help prevent children from drinking alcohol at an early age. The researchers will develop and test a home-based program designed to promote an alcohol-free childhood, in hopes to reduce the number of children who start using alcohol by sipping on...

When to Start Talking to Your Kids About Alcohol and Drugs

As parents of young children, you might think that any discussion about drugs and alcohol is a long way off. Think again. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), more than 50 percent of young people have used an illegal drug by the time they leave high school. The average age when a child first uses alcohol is 11. For marijuana, the average age is 12. For many children, curiosity about alcohol and...

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