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Study Says Family History of Alcoholism May Worsen Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

Drinking while pregnant is not recommended, as prenatal exposure to alcohol (PAE) has been linked to fetal alcohol syndrome and other problems following birth such as learning disorders, deficiencies in executive and adaptive functioning, and memory problems. Up to this point, the impact of family history of alcoholism on PAE had not been documented. An article printed by Medical News Today outlined a study...

Alcohol Advertising Heavily Targets African American Teens

Advertising focused on marketing alcohol and tobacco products requires careful regulation. The industry self-regulates marketing, including avoiding placing ads in the media most consumed by underage youth. However, because teenagers are heavy consumers of media, advertisers must be diligent about understanding the demographics of the media where they place ads. A new study by the Center on Alcohol Marketing and...

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...

Addressing Underlying Causes Vital Component of Addiction Recovery

While detox is a crucial first step in finding recovery from drug addiction, getting through it is far from crossing the goal line. To be considered successful, addiction treatment needs to help the person understand what led them to substance abuse in the first place and then develop new skills for handling those stresses as well as the myriad temptations that will come along once the rehab program ends. The...

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...

Teens Chugging Hand Sanitizers — Which Can Became 120-Proof Shot of Liquor

A few teenagers have shown up in California emergency rooms after consuming hand sanitizers in an effort to get drunk. What concerns officials is that it may be the beginning of a trend. There were zero cases like this last year, and there have been six so far just in the San Fernando Valley in the first four months of 2012. "There is no question that it is dangerous," said Cyrus Rangan, director of the...

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