Posts Tagged ‘alcohol abuse’

By On March 28th, 2019

Social anxiety disorder may lead to the development of alcohol use disorder

A new study from researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health suggests social anxiety disorder may directly contribute to an increased risk for alcohol use disorder. Unlike other forms of anxiety disorders, social anxiety disorder could be causally linked to a greater risk of problematic drinking and alcohol use disorder according to the report…


By On November 26th, 2018

MRI scans reveal “hot spots” of activity in the brain of those with substance abuse issues

While we all understand the broad strokes of substance abuse, many of the finer details about how addiction forms and functions have escaped even the most talented researchers. However, new research published in the journal Translational Psychiatry could help us understand the mechanisms beneath substance dependence and find new targets for treatment. As the report…


By On July 24th, 2015

Biomarker For Alcohol Use Is Especially Heightened In Binge Drinkers

A biomarker found in the blood of regular alcohol drinkers is much higher in binge drinkers than in those who consume moderately, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The researchers believe the findings could lead to the biomarker phosphatidylethanol (PEth) being used to screen young adults for…


By On July 6th, 2015

Eye Color Predicts Alcohol Dependence Risk

Eye color may seem like a trivial feature, but a new novel study by genetic researchers at the University of Vermont shows eye color may be an indicator of whether you are likely to be an alcoholic. The study, published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, suggests individuals with blue eyes face…


By On June 26th, 2015

Can Virtual Reality Help Alcoholics Manage Cravings?

A new virtual reality therapy may be able to help reduce cravings in those who struggle with alcohol abuse and addiction, according to a small study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. While the study relied on a small sample of only 12 patients, the researchers behind the study say they…


By On May 19th, 2015

Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs Reduce Chance of Future Criminal Offenses

New research published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research shows criminal offenders with alcohol problems who enter an alcohol treatment program as part of their sentence are drastically less likely to be charged or convicted of another crime during the 12 months following their treatment. The researchers from Plymouth University in the U.K.…


By On December 2nd, 2014

Researchers Find Gene Network Linked To Alcohol Dependence

A new report published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry claims to have identified a network of genes that work together to determine alcohol dependence in individuals. The researchers believe the findings could potentially lead to more effective treatments and therapies for alcoholics, as well as hopefully improving screening for alcoholism. The team compared patterns of…


By On November 17th, 2014

Researchers Show Multiple Risk Factors For Teen Alcohol Abuse

Researchers from the Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) are taking part in an effort to uncover predictive brain factors in behaviors which could help identify teens who are at heightened risk of alcohol abuse before they ever start drinking. With four abstracts from the Adolescent Development Study set to be presented at Neuroscience 2014, the…


By On October 20th, 2014

Can a Pill Help Alcoholics To Not Crave Alcohol?

Normally, mixing alcohol and pills is a bad idea, but The Guardian recently reported The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) – which oversees public health in Britain – has found the pill can help alcoholics quit craving beer, wine, and hard liquor. According to NICE’s findings, nalmefene tablets can cut drinking by…

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