Alcohol Treatment and Rehab

Poisons Enquiries Rise Due To Cocaine Abuse

Sep 16 2008 - 12:14pm

The National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) has reported an increase in the number of enquiries relating to cocaine abuse among young people.

These enquiries have come from health care professionals involved in dealing with the clinical management of young drug users.

The latest annual report from the NPIS, which is commissioned by the Health Protection Agency, also reveals increases in the number of enquiries related to ketamine, methamphetamine and benzylpiperazine, although these drugs are much less commonly used.

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Excessive Drinking While Young Can Alter Brain Function

Sep 16 2008 - 9:57am

Excessive alcohol consumption during adolescence can alter the functioning of the brain in the long-term, psychologists at the University of Liverpool have discovered.

Young people who drank heavily were found to exhibit the same psychological symptoms, such as increased impulsivity, as adults who had been heavy drinkers for many years. These effects may be long-term and difficult to reverse and were evident despite young people being exposed to alcohol for a relatively short period of time.

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Recognizing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Week

Sep 11 2008 - 10:42am

To help people learn about preventable birth defects associated with drinking alcohol during pregnancy, the Department of Health today launched “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Week.”

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD, is an umbrella term that describes the nation’s leading category of preventable birth defects and developmental disabilities that include: fetal alcohol syndrome; partial fetal alcohol syndrome; alcohol-related neurodevelopment disorder; and alcohol-related birth defects.

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Middle Schoolers And Alcohol: Tips For Parents

Sep 5 2008 - 12:00am

The first few weeks of middle school are a frenzy of friends, parties, and school events. It's also time for parents to start talking with their kids about the dangers of drinking alcohol, according to The Science Inside Alcohol Project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Nearly twenty percent of 14 year-olds say they've been drunk at least once, according to the U.S. Surgeon General, and recent news points out dangers of alcohol use by the young:

American Indian/Alaska Natives Report High Alcohol-Related Deaths

Aug 29 2008 - 11:26am

Nearly 12% of American Indian and Alaska Native deaths over a four-year period were alcohol related, according to a CDC report released on Thursday, AP/USA Today reports. Researchers found after examining death certificates from 2001 to 2005 that 11.7% of deaths -- or 1,514 deaths -- among American Indians and Alaska Natives were alcohol-related. During the same time period, 3.3% of all deaths in the U.S. were related to alcohol. The report also found:

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Alcohol Consumption Can Cause Fetal Abnormalities Killing Cells

Aug 25 2008 - 11:20am
Dr. Bieberich On Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

The initial signs of fetal alcohol syndrome are slight but classic: facial malformations such as a flat and high upper lip, small eye openings and a short nose.

Researchers want to know if those facial clues can help them figure out how much alcohol it takes during what point in development to cause these and other lifelong problems.

IU Deans: Drinking Age Only Part of College Alcohol Problem

Aug 25 2008 - 11:10am
Gerardo Gonzales On College Alcohol Drinking Problems

The call to consider reducing the legal drinking age from 21 to 18 could spur some valuable discussion, but alone won't solve the college student alcohol problem, according to University Dean of the IU School of Education Gerardo Gonzalez, an internationally recognized expert on alcohol and drug education. More than 100 college and university chancellors and presidents have signed a public statement stating that the current legal drinking age of 21 hasn't worked.

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Morehouse College Withdraws Support For Lowering Drinking Age

Aug 20 2008 - 5:18pm
College Drinking and Age

Morehouse College president makes statement on Amethyst Initiative and re-considers his support for lowering drinking age.

"After careful re-consideration of the Amethyst Initiative, I am withdrawing my support to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18. Morehouse does not condone the misuse or abuse of alcohol or illegal substances. While we welcome and encourage spirited public debate about appropriate standards of behavior, we do not support policies that would have the effect of encouraging or making it more likely that younger citizens would use alcohol or drugs.”

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Epilepsy Drug May Help Alcoholics Recover

Aug 11 2008 - 12:50pm
Epilepsy Drug May Help Alcoholics Recover

It’s a Catch-22 of the highest order. People with alcohol problems often use alcohol to get to sleep -- but it actually keeps them from getting good-quality sleep all night long.

At the same time, they’re highly likely to suffer from full-blown chronic insomnia that keeps them from getting enough sleep night after night – and that condition has been shown to cut their chances of getting sober again.

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Americans Drink Less Beer And More Wine

Aug 7 2008 - 9:12am
Alcoholic Beverages Consumed Less In America

A 50 year study has shown that Americans are drinking less alcohol, but health issues related to alcohol consumption still don't decline.

Framingham Heart Study is a study involving 8000 participants born between 1900 and 1959. Researchers periodically questioned participants once in four years between 1948 until 2003. All participants were carefully examined for health and drinking history.

Researchers examined the data that was gathered in 50 year period and found that drinking levels are significantly declining.

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Epilepsy Drug May Help Alcoholics Recover From Dependence

Aug 4 2008 - 11:44am

Further studies of nonaddictive drug gabapentin for insomnia during alcohol recovery are warranted, researchers say.

It's a Catch-22 of the highest order. People with alcohol problems often use alcohol to get to sleep -- but it actually keeps them from getting good-quality sleep all night long. At the same time, they're highly likely to suffer from full-blown chronic insomnia that keeps them from getting enough sleep night after night – and that condition has been shown to cut their chances of getting sober again.

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Cocaine Related Brain Changes Depend On Reward Expectation

Aug 1 2008 - 11:18am

Drug addiction dramatically shifts a person’s attention, priorities, and behaviors towards a focus almost entirely on seeking out and taking drugs. Now, an animal study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health, has identified some of the specific long-term adaptations in the brain’s reward system that may contribute to this shift. These long-lasting brain changes may underlie the maladaptive learning that contributes to addiction and to the propensity for relapse, even after years of abstinence from the drug.

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Micro RNA Implicated As Molecular Factor In Alcohol Tolerance

Aug 1 2008 - 11:14am

In recent years, a class of small molecules known as microRNAs have been found to play an important role in regulating gene products in most animal and plant species. A new study now indicates that microRNA may influence the development of alcohol tolerance, a hallmark of alcohol abuse and dependence. Researchers supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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UWE Helps Tackle Alcohol Problems In Africa

Jul 31 2008 - 10:32am

International experts on the health impacts of alcohol and drug abuse, Professors Moira Plant and Martin Plant, from the University of the West of England have been invited to collaborate with members of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences in the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

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Drinking in excess associated with increased risk for metabolic syndrome

Jul 30 2008 - 11:19am

Those who drink in excess of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines (i.e., men who usually drink more than two drinks per day or women who usually drink more than one drink per day) or those who binge drink are at increased risk for the metabolic syndrome, according to a new study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

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Multnomah County Warns Of Fatal Heroin Overdoses

Jul 25 2008 - 9:52am

A handful of overdose deaths in the last few weeks, along with a steady rise in heroin-related deaths over the past year, have raised concerns among county health officials. State heroin overdoses are up 32% from last year, increasing from 89 deaths to 118 deaths. Sixty-six of the 118 deaths were in Multnomah County.

"Heroin overdoses occur in cycles. According to data recently released by the Oregon Medical Examiner, we are on an upswing in several Oregon counties," says Multnomah County Public Health Officer Dr. Gary Oxman.

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Challenge To Drinks Industry To Help Tackle Young People's Drinking

Jul 11 2008 - 10:23am

Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey has challenged the Drinks Industry to work with his Department and other agencies to tackle the growing problem of young people’s drinking.

Meetings have now been held with representatives from the Alcohol and Drinks Industry, as well as the PSNI and follow the Minister’s announcement of an action plan to deal with young people’s alcohol misuse.

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Alcohol's Impact On Heart, Stroke Risk May Differ For Men, Women

Jul 11 2008 - 9:59am

The volume of alcohol consumption may have a significantly different effect on heart and stroke risk in men and women, according to a study of Japanese people published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

“An amount of alcohol that may be beneficial for men is not good for women at all,” said Hiroyasu Iso, M.D., co-author of the study and professor of public health at Osaka University in Japan.

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Broad Differences Occur In Alcohol, Tobacco, Illegal Drug Use Across Countries

Jul 2 2008 - 1:07pm

A survey conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) research consortium found that the United States had among the highest lifetime rates of tobacco and alcohol use and led in the proportion of participants reporting cannabis (marijuana) or cocaine use at least once during their lifetime. The study, led by Dr.

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SAMHSA Updates Directory Of Drug, Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs

Jun 30 2008 - 10:40am

A new, updated guide to finding local substance abuse treatment programs is now available from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs 2008 provides information on thousands of alcohol and drug treatment programs located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and five U.S. territories.

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Scientists Identify A Brain Mechanism Underlying Persistent Cocaine Craving

May 30 2008 - 11:15am

Scientists have identified a mechanism in the brain that helps to explain why craving for cocaine, and the risk of relapse, seems to increase in the weeks and months after drug use is stopped. The research was supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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