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Teen Alcohol Use Affected by Expected Enjoyment and Understanding of Health Messages, Study Finds

Teens with the best understanding of health messaging may also be the most susceptible to messages that make alcohol use look appealing ...

Study Details Risk Factors for Substance Use Disorders After Manic Episode

CINCINNATI—Adolescents with bipolar disorder are more likely to develop substance use disorders than adolescents without psychiatric disorders. Now, researchers at the University ...

UV-induced beta-endorphin production causes addiction-like symptoms in mice

Activation of opioid pathways may explain the persistence of hazardous sun-seeking behavior ... Full story

Controlled drinking program helps Illawarra residents stay dry after July

A controlled drinking program that will help Illawarra residents cut their alcohol intake will be offered at UOW from Wednesday 6 August. ... Full story

Quakes impact on substance use and mental health quantified

Cantabrians who experienced serious quake-related adversity are twice as likely to be addicted to smoking and 40 per cent more likely to have mental health conditions such as major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder than people who did not experience the earthquakes, new research shows. ... Full story

Learning to "just say no" is not a panacea for minorities with alcohol, drug problems

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Teaching youth to “just say no” has long been viewed as the first line of defense in the war on drugs. And several studies have provided compelling evidence that refusal skills training, which teaches participants strategies for resisting social pressure, can be successful at preventing youth from trying drugs and alcohol. ... Full story

Genetic Testing for Alcohol Dependence Risk in African Americans

New Rochelle, NY —Alcohol dependence (AD) has a genetic component and testing can determine a person's genetic risk for susceptibility to AD. A new study shows that while more than 85% of the African American adults expressed an interest in genetic testing for AD susceptibility, many had ethical, privacy, and procedural concerns, as reported in Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. ... Full story

UCLA-led study shows intoxication played bigger role in suicide deaths during economic downturn

People who committed suicide during the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009 were more likely to have been legally intoxicated at the time than those who committed suicide during other recent years, according to research led by UCLA professor Mark Kaplan. ... Full story

Underage Drinkers Heavily Exposed to Magazine Ads for Alcohol Brands They Consume

Underage drinkers between the ages of 18 and 20 see more magazine advertising than any other age group for the alcohol brands they consume most heavily, raising important questions about whether current alcohol self-regulatory codes concerning advertising are sufficiently protecting young people. ... Full story

What drives a child to abuse alcohol?

By looking at 40 different factors in a 14 year old teens, including brain structure and function, personality, life experiences and genetics, researchers can predict with 70% accuracy who will go on to develop binge drinking within the next two years. ... Full story

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