Parental Monitoring Can Help Overcome Teens’ Genetic Predisposition to Drinking

ParentsParents who closely monitor their teens' behavior and friends can help counteract their children's genetic predisposition to an alcohol use disorder, a new study indicates.

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Living Near Bars May Increase Risk of Heavy Drinking, Study Suggests

At the barLiving near bars may increase the risk of heavy drinking, a new study suggests. Researchers followed almost 55,000 adults in Finland for seven years.

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Alcohol in "Flight" Puts Trademark Laws in Focus

AirplaneThe use of brand-name beer and liquor in a hit movie about an alcoholic pilot has brought product placement practices into new focus.

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Highest Number of Arrests in the U.S. Are for Drug Abuse Violations

Arrested youthThere were an estimated 12,408,899 arrests in the United States in 2011, according to data from the national Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.

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Half of Addiction Counselors Say It’s OK for Some Patients to Drink Occasionally

CounselorA survey of addiction counselors finds almost half say it is acceptable for at least some of their patients to drink from time to time. The survey included 913 members of the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Counselors.

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Experts Say Mental Health Effects of Hurricane Sandy Could be Powerful

Sad womanPsychologists warn the mental health effects of Hurricane Sandy could be powerful, HealthDay reports.

"Sandy, like all natural disasters, is considered a criterion 'A1′ stressor in the diagnoses of acute stress disorder in the first month after the event and post-traumatic stress disorder, at least a month after the event," said Simon Rego, Director of Psychology Training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

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Many HIV Patients Skip Medications to Drink

DoctorAbout half of HIV patients on antiretroviral therapy skipped their medications whenever they were drinking alcohol, according to a U.S. study - an ill-advised behavior that researchers say could lead to higher viral loads.

The study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, for a year followed nearly 200 people with HIV who were on antiretrovirals and drank alcohol. It found that 51 percent stopped taking their medications while drinking.

Lapses could be due to forgetfulness while under the influence, but a widespread - and erroneous - belief that mixing alcohol and HIV drugs can be toxic appears to play a role.

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Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse More Common in Boys

Medicine-cabinetA new study suggests boys are more likely than girls to abuse over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.

The study of middle school and high school students in 133 schools in Cincinnati found 10 percent said they abused over-the-counter drugs such as cough syrup or decongestants.

University of Cincinnati researchers noted this type of drug abuse can lead to accidental poisoning, seizures and physical and mental addictions.

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Two Medications Good First Option for Treating Alcoholism

Woman-drinkingAn analysis of studies that evaluated two medications used to treat alcoholism concludes they are a good first option for people who want treatment but wish to avoid an inpatient program.

The analysis looked at acamprosate (Campral) and naltrexone (ReVia), Reuters reports.

The medications may be helpful for people in different stages of recovery, because they have different effects on the brain, the researchers report in the journal Addiction.

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Male Veterans More Likely Than Civilians to Seek Treatment for Heavy Alcohol Use

soldier-drinkingMale veterans with a history of heavy alcohol use are more likely than civilians to seek treatment.

They are also more likely to report better overall health, and to be less depressed, according to a study presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.

The study found 29 percent of veterans under the age of 50 with a long history of heavy alcohol use sought treatment, compared with 17 percent of civilians.

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