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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...

Beijing Students Invent New Alcohol Detection Device for Vehicles

In Beijing, students from Nanjing University of Finance & Economics have created a device that can be installed in a car to prevent the driver from operating the vehicle while intoxicated, the China News Service reported. The device, called "Stop Prompted by Drunk," resembles a round box the same size as the steering wheel spindle. When correctly installed inside the steering wheel spindle, its...

Lawmaker’s Proposed Alcohol Tax Shot Down Again

A California lawmaker’s plan to charge a 10-cent fee for every drink served in California was officially shot down Tuesday, failing for the second time in a year to win support from his colleagues. Denis C. Theriault of the San Jose Mercury News writes that the charge, sought by Assemblyman Jim Beall, D-San Jose, would have raised $1.44 billion a year to help pay for some of the billions in criminal justice...

Australian Government Cracking Down on Alcohol Abuse over Holiday

The Australian government plans to crack down on drunken violence on New Year’s Eve by restricting alcohol at events across the country. In Sydney, revelers will be banned from bringing beer and wine to the harbor to watch the annual fireworks display. More than 1.5 million people come to Sydney Harbor to watch a lavish fireworks display on New Year’s Eve. City authorities have set up alcohol-free zones...

Honolulu Police to Post Mug Shots of DUI Suspects on Website

Mug shots of drunken driving suspects are appearing on the Honolulu Police Department’s website, creating a virtual “wall of shame” long before suspects get their day in court, reports the Associated Press. Supporters say the experiment in public humiliation should be used elsewhere in the nation if it reduces the number of drunks on the road. Critics say the photo gallery is a heavy-handed tactic...

Some People Can Cut Down on Drinking Before it Becomes Problematic

When Bill Wilson declared his powerlessness over alcohol in his 1939 book called “Alcoholics Anonymous” (known among AA members as “The Big Book”), he contended that he had to “hit bottom” as an alcoholic before changing his life, and that sobriety could only be achieved through complete abstinence. Seventy years later, top addiction experts are no longer sure that this is true...

Two-Thirds of Scots Admit to Drinking Too Much Alcohol

Two-thirds of Scots admit to drinking too much alcohol, new research has revealed. In a study examining the reason why people drink, only 35 percent of Scots said they drink in moderation, while the rest said they drink excessively. The Scotsman.com reports that according to the research carried out by the British Society of Gastroenterology, a quarter (26 percent) of Londoners said they drink to calm their nerves,...

Most Weekend Ambulance Calls in Scotland Are Alcohol-Related

The majority of weekend ambulance calls in Scotland are alcohol-related, BBC Scotland revealed. Ambulance Service figures released to the BBC suggested that 68 percent of weekend calls list alcohol as a major cause. The Scottish Ambulance Service said these types of calls were delaying its response to real emergencies. Scottish Labour called for a "national consensus" to tackle alcohol abuse, but a...

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