Alcohol Addiction

Wearable tech devices to help predict and prevent relapse during recovery from alcohol addiction

Wearable tech devices to help predict and prevent relapse during recovery from alcohol addiction

Relapse is a significant event in the life of someone in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. It is a series of events and activities that can lead one back to the path of substance abuse, and worsen the condition. Dealing with drug withdrawal is a big challenge and an everyday struggle for someone trying …

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Alzheimer’s drug Donepezil reverses brain damage in adolescent rats exposed to binge drinking, finds study

Alzheimer’s drug Donepezil reverses brain damage in adolescent rats exposed to binge drinking, finds study

Scientific evidence shows that exposure to neurotoxins during adolescence, especially due to alcohol use, causes long-lasting structural and genetic changes in the brain. Much of the research has focused on the hippocampus, a brain region primarily associated with memory and learning. Excessive alcohol use during adolescence can cause lasting impairments to learning, memory and attention. …

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Cooperative learning can reduce alcohol use among middle school students, suggest researchers

Cooperative learning can reduce alcohol use among middle school students, suggest researchers

Cooperative learning (CL) is an instructional method in which students are divided into small groups to work on common tasks. In some situations, each student is individually responsible for a portion of the task, while in others, the entire group works together without formal roles being assigned. A vast body of research has found that …

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Adolescent boys with body image issues at risk of abusing alcohol and drugs

Negative health outcomes resulting from poor self-perception of body image are typically associated with adolescent girls. Adverse impacts include eating disorders, depression, low self-esteem and suicidal tendencies. However, a recent study, published in the Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse in February 2017, found that the negative outcomes are not restricted to adolescent girls …

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American teens living by the “no sex, dating and alcohol” mantra

Going out for a “drink with the boys” is no longer cool for American teens, neither is driving around town accompanied by dates. Instead, they are giving themselves time to grow up and consciously delaying activities which are considered typically “adult.” These are some of the findings of a new study published in the journal …

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Teaching teens about responsible drinking

As adolescents grow older, one major lesson that they must learn is to become responsible for their own actions. When it comes to practicing safe and responsible behavior in regards to drinking – it takes two. While parents must uphold a conscientious standard for their offspring to follow, teens need to understand that there are …

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Case study: studies of the adolescent brain may predict future alcohol abuse

An important collection of brain studies produced by Georgetown University in collaboration with University of Maryland and funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) demonstrates how brain imaging continues to be at the center of progress in identifying and predicting substance use behaviors. The studies, referred to as the Adolescent Development …

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Drinking to forget: why blackouts should be avoided and not celebrated

Most people are familiar with the term ‘blackout’ when used to describe memory loss following the ingestion of an excessive amount of alcohol, usually over a fairly short period of time. The drinker fails to remember conversation or actions that occurred while they were intoxicated, even when reminded by other people. Alcohol induced blackouts affect …

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