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27 Apr
Smoking Rates Drop for Americans Battling Depression, Substance Abuse

Smoking Rates Drop for Americans Battling Depression, Substance Abuse

Folks who struggle with depression and substance use disorders often tend to be smokers, but a new study finds that smoking...

19 Apr
AI May Help Spot Relapse Risk in Alcoholics

AI May Help Spot Relapse Risk in Alcoholics

Artificial intelligence (AI) may be able to identify alcoholics at risk of relapsing after treatment, researchers say.

Patients often return to heavy drinking during and after treatment, and may require multiple tries before they can achieve long-term abstinence from

16 Apr
How Too Much Drinking Harms the Liver

How Too Much Drinking Harms the Liver

As Americans stepped up their drinking during the COVID-19 pandemic, liver disease and transplants surged.

Between March 2020 and January 2021, the number of U.S. patients with alcohol-associated liver disease who received a new liver or were wait-listed for a transplant...

21 Mar
Problem Drinking to Blame for 232 Million Missed Workdays in U.S. Annually

Problem Drinking to Blame for 232 Million Missed Workdays in U.S. Annually

Problem drinking led to more than 232 million missed work days a year in the United States before the pandemic, and the situation likely became worse with more people working at home, a new study suggests.

10 Mar
Army Reservists Can Face Alcohol Issues After Deployment, With Little Support

Army Reservists Can Face Alcohol Issues After Deployment, With Little Support

U.S. National Guard soldiers are at heightened risk for problem drinking after military deployment, but less likely to receive help with their alcohol struggles than active-duty service members, a new study finds.

Exposure to combat during deployment was the strongest ri...

07 Mar
Even a Little Drinking Ages the Brain: Study

Even a Little Drinking Ages the Brain: Study

There is no amount of alcohol that is good for your brain.

So claims a new study that found even light to moderate drinking can age the brain faster than normal.

Previous...

17 Feb
Autism, ADHD Raise the Odds for Early Death

Autism, ADHD Raise the Odds for Early Death

Young people with autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have a higher risk of dying early from a range of causes, a new research review suggests.

Researchers found that before middle-age, people with autism face higher-than-average rates of death from...

14 Feb
Big Spike in Alcoholic Liver Disease Early in Pandemic

Big Spike in Alcoholic Liver Disease Early in Pandemic

The early months of the COVID-19 pandemic brought a big jump in hospitalizations for life-threatening alcoholic hepatitis at a Detroit health system, new research shows.

Alcoholic hepatitis is a

08 Feb
Many Who Use Both Pot & Booze Say They've Driven Intoxicated

Many Who Use Both Pot & Booze Say They've Driven Intoxicated

Among U.S. drivers who use both alcohol and pot, over 40% say they've driven under the influence, a new study finds.

"Alcohol and cannabis are two of the most common substances involved in impaired driving and motor vehicle crashes in the U.S.," said study author Priscil...

31 Jan
Driving Both High and Drunk More Dangerous Than Either Alone: Study

Driving Both High and Drunk More Dangerous Than Either Alone: Study

The hazards of drunken driving are well known, and a new research review shows that adding pot to the mix only makes matters worse.

The analysis of 57 past studies found that the

13 Jan
Could Binge Drinking Set Your Heart Rhythm Off-Kilter?

Could Binge Drinking Set Your Heart Rhythm Off-Kilter?

Binge drinking on Super Bowl Sunday or other special occasions could put you at risk for a dangerous heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation (a-fib), even if you've never had it, researchers warn in a new study.

"Worldwide, alcohol is the most popularly consumed...

03 Jan
There Are No Hangover Cures, Scientists Say

There Are No Hangover Cures, Scientists Say

Here's a lesson many may have already learned over the past weekend: Don’t count on ginseng, probiotics or any other so-called hangover cures.

No evidence suggests hangover cures work, according to British scientists who studied nearly two dozen trials of these cure pr...

31 Dec
Too Much Auld Lang Syne: Avoiding That New Year's Hangover

Too Much Auld Lang Syne: Avoiding That New Year's Hangover

Party people should think twice before relying on a fly-by-night remedy to cure the hangover they suffer from a New Year's Eve bender, warns an ER doc based in the Big Apple.

"There are a plethora of hangover products on the market that tout the ability to reduce the cha...

24 Dec
Heavier Drinking During Pandemic Means More Liver Disease to Come

Heavier Drinking During Pandemic Means More Liver Disease to Come

It's clear that COVID-19 has killed many hundreds of thousands of people in the United States. Less clear is its impact on other health issues, which will be felt in the years to come.

Liver disease is projected to be one of those, with 8,000 additional deaths from

22 Dec
Americans' Stigma Against Depression May Finally Be Fading: Study

Americans' Stigma Against Depression May Finally Be Fading: Study

Americans may be dropping some of the stigma they once had toward depression, but attitudes toward other mental health conditions still seem stuck in the past, a new study shows.

The research, based on interviews with U.S. adults conducted over 22 years, found a mixed ba...

15 Dec
Stress May Be Stronger Trigger for Problem Drinking in Women Than Men

Stress May Be Stronger Trigger for Problem Drinking in Women Than Men

When someone says "I need a drink," it's usually because they've had a rough day. Now, new research suggests that stress is more likely to trigger heavy drinking in women than in men.

"Some people can intend to have one or two alcoholic beverages and stop drinking, but o...

08 Dec
Half of Drinkers Who Think They're Fit to Drive Are Wrong: Study

Half of Drinkers Who Think They're Fit to Drive Are Wrong: Study

If you think you're fine to drive after drinking, there's a good chance you're wrong, new research shows.

The study found that despite being over the legal driving limit, half of the participants believed they were safe to drive.

The study included 90 volunteers, a...

23 Nov
Drug Long Used for Alcoholism Might Fight Severe COVID-19

Drug Long Used for Alcoholism Might Fight Severe COVID-19

A widely available drug used to treat alcoholism has potential as a COVID-19 treatment, researchers say.

The investigators found that people taking disulfiram (Antabuse) for alcoholism had a lower risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 and were less likely to die from COVID-1...

22 Nov
Ridesharing Services May Be Lowering Drunk Driving Deaths

Ridesharing Services May Be Lowering Drunk Driving Deaths

Don't drive drunk. That's simple and obvious advice. And it appears ridesharing services are making it easier for people to take it.

In a new study that looked at Chicago data, more rideshare trips meant fewer alcohol-involved crashes.

"This study was designed to l...

17 Nov
Demand for Liver Transplant Rises Sharply Among Older Americans

Demand for Liver Transplant Rises Sharply Among Older Americans

More older folks are winding up on liver transplant waiting lists than ever before, as obesity and alcoholism supersede hepatitis C as the main cause of liver failure in the United States.

The percentage of liver transplant candidates aged 65 or older rose from 9% in the...

15 Nov
Trauma in Childhood Can Harm Health for a Lifetime: Study

Trauma in Childhood Can Harm Health for a Lifetime: Study

As if suffering through a childhood trauma weren't enough, new research suggests it might raise the risk of poor mental and physical health later in life.

Researchers analyzed nearly 2,900 responses to the 2019 New Zealand Family Violence Survey and found that about 45% ...

27 Oct
Liver Transplants Soar as Some Americans Drink Their Way Through the Pandemic

Liver Transplants Soar as Some Americans Drink Their Way Through the Pandemic

Demand for liver transplants among heavy drinking Americans surged during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study shows.

It found that the number of people with alcoholic hepatitis who received a new liver (32,320) or were put on a liver transplant waiting list (51,488) betwe...

08 Oct
Stimulants Like Ritalin May Be Gateway Drugs for College Students

Stimulants Like Ritalin May Be Gateway Drugs for College Students

Use of stimulants among college students was once thought to be a problem among high achievers seeking energy and focus to study.

Not so, according to new research that links misuse of these so-called "study drugs" to binge drinking and marijuana use. The stereotype of s...

06 Oct
'Breakthrough' COVID More Likely in People With Problem Drug, Alcohol Use

'Breakthrough' COVID More Likely in People With Problem Drug, Alcohol Use

Drug and alcohol abuse increase the risk of breakthrough COVID-19 infection as well as severe illness and death among fully vaccinated people, a new study shows.

"First and foremost, vaccination is highly effective for people with substance use disorders, and the overall...

30 Sep
Smoking, Drinking Gateway to Pot, Study Finds

Smoking, Drinking Gateway to Pot, Study Finds

For those who smoke or drink, it's only a small step to marijuana, researchers report.

"Legal consumption of alcohol and tobacco may directly increase the level of illicit drug use. However, the relationships are complex," said researcher Dr. Zoe Reed. She is a senior re...

16 Sep
Do Your Genes Up Your Odds for Alcoholism? One Factor Cuts the Risk

Do Your Genes Up Your Odds for Alcoholism? One Factor Cuts the Risk

Even when genetics and personality are working against you, having a strong network of supportive friends and family may help lower alcoholism risk, researchers say.

"Genes play an important role in alcohol use," stressed Jinni Su, an assistant professor of psychology at...

30 Aug
Half of Adults With ADHD Have Struggled With Alcohol, Drug Use

Half of Adults With ADHD Have Struggled With Alcohol, Drug Use

Fully half of all young adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may also battle alcohol or drug abuse.

And folks with ADHD who have a history of depression or anxiety are particularly vulnerable to substance abuse problems, a new study showed.

...

24 Aug
No Change in Adolescent Drug, Alcohol Use During Pandemic

No Change in Adolescent Drug, Alcohol Use During Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has posed significant challenges for many, but it did not appear to drive U.S. preteens and young teens to drugs.

Repeated surveys of more than 7,800 10- to 14-year-olds between September 2019 and August 2020 found the overall rate of drug use r...

24 Aug
Drinking at Home: Liquor Store Sales Rose During Pandemic

Drinking at Home: Liquor Store Sales Rose During Pandemic

Americans did more drinking at home during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, which researchers say may be linked to a rise in domestic violence and other problems.

"Our results appear to substantiate an increase in home drinking during the period, which could...

24 Aug
Heavy Drinking in Youth Could Harm Arteries

Heavy Drinking in Youth Could Harm Arteries

The arteries of young people who drink stiffen sooner in their lives, which could increase their risk for heart disease and stroke later on, a British study reports.

People's arteries naturally become less elastic with age, but certain factors -- including alcohol and to...

18 Aug
College Freshmen Drank Less as Pandemic Began

College Freshmen Drank Less as Pandemic Began

Here's an unexpected silver lining to the pandemic: New research shows there was a decline in overall drinking and binge drinking among U.S. college freshmen during the early months of the new coronavirus' spread across America.

"We found that social factors, like social...

13 Aug
Need a New Liver? Your Survival Odds May Depend on Race

Need a New Liver? Your Survival Odds May Depend on Race

Black American liver transplant recipients have a lower survival rate than Hispanic or white patients, and a new study suggests that alcohol-related liver disease and insurance coverage are key reasons.

"Our findings are a huge wake-up call that physicians and other heal...

12 Aug
Kids of Heavy Drinkers Face Multiple Threats to Health

Kids of Heavy Drinkers Face Multiple Threats to Health

Death, injuries, abuse and mental health disorders are among the many harms faced by children whose parents are heavy drinkers, Danish researchers say.

"Within the last 10 years, there has been an expansion of research on consequences that extend beyond the drinker," wro...

30 Jul
Seniors Rarely Discuss Their Drinking With Their Doctors

Seniors Rarely Discuss Their Drinking With Their Doctors

Plenty of seniors may struggle with problem drinking, but a new study shows that less than half of them discuss their alcohol use with their health care providers.

"Older adults are at high risk for the harms of alcohol use, especially for those with existing chronic dis...

14 Jul
Alcohol Tied to 740,000 Cancer Cases Worldwide in 2020

Alcohol Tied to 740,000 Cancer Cases Worldwide in 2020

Let's not toast to this: Alcohol was linked with 740,000 new cancer cases globally in 2020, representing 4% of all newly diagnosed cases that year, researchers say.

"Trends suggest that although there is a decrease in alcohol consumption per person in many European count...

08 Jul
Autism & Drinking, Drug Abuse Can Be Dangerous Mix

Autism & Drinking, Drug Abuse Can Be Dangerous Mix

Teens and adults with autism may be less likely than others to use drugs and alcohol, but new research finds those who do are nearly nine times more likely to use these substances to mask symptoms, including those related to autism.

This is known as camouflaging, and it ...

21 Jun
Drinking Rose During Pandemic, Especially for Women & Black Americans

Drinking Rose During Pandemic, Especially for Women & Black Americans

It might have seemed harmless to while away hours stuck at home during the pandemic with extra wine and cocktails. But new research instead points to a troubling trend: Alcohol use and risky drinking rose among Americans over the last year.

For the study, the researchers...

10 Jun
Pandemic Boosted Drinking Among Americans Over 50: Poll

Pandemic Boosted Drinking Among Americans Over 50: Poll

Drinking rose among older Americans during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that could put their health at risk, claim researchers behind a new poll.

"As we all toast the end of the worst part of the pandemic in our country, it's important to address or prevent pr...

29 May
Boaters and Drivers, Stay Alcohol-Free This Memorial Day Weekend

Boaters and Drivers, Stay Alcohol-Free This Memorial Day Weekend

It's the first holiday since the pandemic began where Americans can mingle without masks if they are fully vaccinated, so celebrations are in order. But folks still need to avoid alcohol if they're driving or boating over the Memorial Day weekend.

"This Memorial Day week...

24 May
Just 1 in 10 People With Alcohol Problems Get Treatment

Just 1 in 10 People With Alcohol Problems Get Treatment

Americans with drinking problems are rarely referred for treatment, even though most say a doctor has asked about their alcohol use, a new study finds.

The study is not the first to uncover low rates of treatment for alcohol use disorders (AUDs) -- the medical term ...

14 May
Is Rise in Liver Damage Tied to More Drinking During Lockdowns?

Is Rise in Liver Damage Tied to More Drinking During Lockdowns?

Many people drank more to cope with the stress of the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions it placed on daily life, and now a new study suggests that all of this drinking is causing a serious spike in alcohol-related diseases.

"Incidence of hospitalizations for alco...

30 Mar
When Pot Use Starts in Teens, Drug Addiction More Likely: Study

When Pot Use Starts in Teens, Drug Addiction More Likely: Study

Teens who try marijuana or other drugs are at greater risk of developing a drug addiction than those who wait a few years before experimenting with drugs, a new study finds.

"Though not everyone who uses a drug will develop addiction, adolescents may develop addiction to...

25 Mar
Gen X, Millennials in Worse Health Than Prior Generations at Same Age

Gen X, Millennials in Worse Health Than Prior Generations at Same Age

Medicine may have advanced by leaps and bounds over the last century, but Generation X and millennials are in worse health than their parents and grandparents were at their age.

That's the conclusion of a new study that looked at markers of physical and mental health acr...

16 Mar
Drinking, Drunk, Deadly: Know the Signs of Alcohol Overdose

Drinking, Drunk, Deadly: Know the Signs of Alcohol Overdose

Wednesday is St. Patrick's Day, a holiday often marked by one (or more) too many drinks. But experts warn that simple holiday fun can quickly turn deadly when alcohol is involved.

The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) offered these reminders...

12 Mar
AHA News: RAPIDO -- a New Spanish Acronym to Raise Stroke Awareness

AHA News: RAPIDO -- a New Spanish Acronym to Raise Stroke Awareness

Researchers have developed a new Spanish acronym aimed to raise awareness of stroke symptoms in the Hispanic community. Known as RAPIDO, it seeks to replicate the popular FAST mnemonic that exists in English.

Studies show that while Hispanic adults currently have a simil...

11 Mar
Pandemic Stress Has Americans Gaining Weight, Drinking More: Poll

Pandemic Stress Has Americans Gaining Weight, Drinking More: Poll

If you're drinking more, sleeping less, seeing downright scary numbers on your scale and fretting about the future, you're far from alone, a new survey reveals.

"We've been concerned throughout this pandemic about the level of prolonged stress, exacerbated by the grief, ...

19 Feb
Drinking Too Much During the Pandemic? You're Not Alone

Drinking Too Much During the Pandemic? You're Not Alone

The stress of the pandemic could be prompting some people to turn to he bottle more often, researchers warn.

This is particularly problematic for people who live in areas where there are stay-at-home orders, especially for young adults, men and people who have lost their...

17 Feb
Child Bullies at Higher Odds for Substance Abuse as Adults: Study

Child Bullies at Higher Odds for Substance Abuse as Adults: Study

Schoolyard bullies have been making life difficult for kids for eons, often causing lasting damage to their victims. Now, new research shows these bullies can also suffer lasting consequences as they age.

Bullies may be more likely to abuse drugs, alcohol and tobacc...

25 Jan
Anxiety, Depression and Drinking: An Unhealthy Combo During the Pandemic

Anxiety, Depression and Drinking: An Unhealthy Combo During the Pandemic

People with anxiety and depression are more likely to step up their drinking during the COVID-19 pandemic than those without these mental health issues, an online survey revealed.

Alcohol use grew the most among young people, but older adults with anxiety and depression ...

20 Jan
Alcohol Plays Role in U.S. Cancer Cases, Deaths: Report

Alcohol Plays Role in U.S. Cancer Cases, Deaths: Report

There's another reason to keep your tippling to a moderate level: Alcohol plays a significant role in cancer cases and deaths in the United States, researchers say.

On average, drinking accounted for 4.8% of cancer cases and 3.2% of cancer deaths or about 75,200 cancer ...