Alcohol helps accelerate brains of heavy drinkers

Enhanced brain acetate metabolism may reward heavy drinkers – Increased brain uptake and oxidation of acetate in heavy drinkers – In addition to its well-known effects on the CNS, alcohol consumption has a significant impact on metabolism. After consumption, the body rapidly begins converting ethanol to acetate, which can serve as an energy source for the brain and other organs.

Moderate alcohol consumption may increase atrial fibrillation risk

Moderate alcohol consumption may increase risk of atrial fibrillation in people with heart disease – Moderate alcohol consumption increases the risk of atrial fibrillation in older people with heart disease or advanced diabetes, found a study in CMAJ. “Moderate to high alcohol intake was associated with an increased incidence of atrial fibrillation among people aged 55 or older with cardiovascular disease or diabetes,” writes Dr. Koon Teo, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, with coauthors.

Glass shape influences drinking alcohol

Glass shape influences how quickly we drink alcohol — Want to cut down your drinking? Try a straight beer glass instead – The shape of your glass is probably the last thing on your mind when you are down the pub. If you want to cut down on your drinking without sacrificing nights out, the answer could be straight forward.

Binge drinking college students are more happier

Binge drinking college students are happier than their non-binge drinking peers – Why do some colleges have persistently high levels of binge drinking? It may be because, at these schools, binge drinking is associated with high status and binge drinkers are happier with their college social experience than their non-binge drinking peers, suggests a new research.

Alcohol abuse increases after bariatric surgery

Adults who had a common bariatric surgery to lose weight had a significantly higher risk of alcohol use disorders (AUD) two years after surgery – Among patients who underwent bariatric surgery, there was a higher prevalence of alcohol use disorders in the second year after surgery, and specifically after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, compared with the years immediately before and following surgery.

A single dose of LSD may help heavy alcoholics

Sobered up using LSD — Journal of Psychopharmacology article examines intriguing evidence on the psychedelic drug – Forty years ago, LSD was used in the treatment of alcoholics – with good results. Perhaps it’s time to look at it again? In the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, researchers in many places in the world experimented with LSD in the treatment of various disorders, including alcoholism. Not all experiments were scientifically tenable by today’s standards, but some were.

Facebook may reveal problem drinking among college students

Social media sites may reveal information about problem drinking among college students – Social media websites, such as Facebook and MySpace, may reveal information that could identify underage college students who may be at risk for problem drinking. The new study published by Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Adolescent binge drinking can damage spatial working memory

Adolescent binge drinking can damage spatial working memory – Binge or “heavy episodic” drinking is prevalent during adolescence, raising concerns about alcohol’s effects on crucial neuromaturational processes during this developmental period. Heavy alcohol use has been associated with decrements in cognitive functioning in both adult and adolescent populations, particularly on tasks of spatial working memory (SWM).

Adult supervised drinking in young teens may lead to more alcohol use

Adult-supervised drinking in young teens may lead to more alcohol use, consequences – Allowing adolescents to drink alcohol under adult supervision does not appear to teach responsible drinking as teens get older. In fact, such a “harm-minimization” approach may actually lead to more drinking and alcohol-related consequences, revealed researchers.