Binge drinking among older Americans – a study

Survey Reveals Binge Drinking Among Older Adults – One of the largest surveys of substance use has found a remarkable amount of binge drinking among older Americans, revealed by researchers at Duke University Medical Center in The American Journal of Psychiatry.

1 in 25 deaths attributable to alcohol

Study shows 1 in 25 deaths worldwide attributable to alcohol — CAMH researcher sees glass ‘as half full’. – 1 in 25 deaths are directly attributable to alcohol consumption worldwide, revealed by researchers from Canada’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

Binge drinking on rise in colleges, US

Dangerous college drinking: Prevention is possible, studies suggest – Alcohol is sometimes seen as part and parcel of college life, but there are programs that can significantly reduce students’ risky drinking, according to a series of studies in a special college drinking supplement of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Cancer drugs may treat alcoholism

‘Happy hour’ gene discovery suggests cancer drugs might treat alcoholism – A class of drugs already approved as cancer treatments might also help to beat alcohol addiction. That’s the conclusion of a discovery in flies of a gene, dubbed happyhour, that has an important and previously unknown role in controlling the insects’ response to alcohol.

Women are binge drinking more

Alcohol in Britain: trends show young men are binge-drinking less, but women are binge-drinking more – A new research shows that the proportion of women who binge-drink almost doubled between 1998 and 2006 and is now at 15% (men who binge-drink increased by 1% to 23%).

Good parenting prevents teen drinking problems

Good relationship with parents may prevent teen drinking problems – Teenagers who have a strong relationship with their parents may start drinking at a later age — which may, in turn, lessen their risk of developing alcohol problems, a new study suggests.

Heavy alcohol consumption does not interfere with age perception

Barely legal — new study into whether alcohol affects perceptions of age. Research has important implications if alcohol is cited as an excusing factor. – A new study led by the University of Leicester has demonstrated that consuming alcohol did not affect how men judged the age of women. This has important legal implications if alcohol is cited as a cause of impairing judgement.

Alcohol abuse may lead to depression risk

Alcohol abuse may lead to depression risk, rather than vice versa – A statistical modeling study suggests that problems with alcohol abuse may lead to an increased risk of depression, as opposed to the reverse model in which individuals with depression self-medicate with alcohol, according to a report in the March issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Binge drinking culture in young people

This is the time to remind about effects of binge drinking culture in young people, stressed by UK’s Economic & Social Research Council. – As the party season approaches, a timely reminder of the issues surrounding the binge drinking culture are again highlighted by research into ‘young people and alcohol’ a team lead by Professor Christine Griffin, at the University of Bath.

Hazardous drinking is quite common

Hazardous drinking, defined as drinking more than guidelines recommend, may be a new ‘check stop’ on the way to alcohol dependence. – Current diagnostic guides divide alcohol-use disorders into two categories: alcohol abuse/harmful use and alcohol dependence. Some researchers and clinicians believe this is insufficient, that there should be a third, preceding diagnosis known as “hazardous drinking,” defined as drinking more than guidelines recommend.