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A Person’s High Or Low Response To Alcohol S…

A study that examined the influence of LR in conjunction with other characteristics – like family history of AUDs and age of drinking onset – has found that LR is a unique risk factor for AUDs across adulthood and is not simply a reflection of a broader range of risk factors.
 ”If a person needs more alcohol to get a certain effect, that person tends to drink more each time they imbibe,” explained Marc A. Schuckit, director of the Alcohol Research Center, Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, and corresponding author for the study.

Sensitivity To Alcohol Can Lead To Greater Consump…

 Researchers have long known that individuals with a positive family history of alcoholism (FHP) are at an increased risk themselves for alcoholism. This increased risk may be due to their different reaction to alcohol than individuals with a negative family history of alcoholism (FHN). This study investigated how sensitive individuals with an FHP of type I form of alcoholism – characterized by a relatively late onset of dependence in socially well-adjusted individuals, low prevalence of familial alcoholism, and a milder course – are to alcohol’s stimulating properties.
Results will be published in the August 2011…

Alcoholism: The Basics

Yes, alcoholism is a disease

Many Refuse To Change Their Behavior Despite The N…

A study by University of Washington psychologists shows some people continue to drink heavily because of perceived positive effects, despite experiencing negative effects such as hangovers, fights and regrettable sexual situations.
According to participants in the study, boosts of courage, chattiness and other social benefits of drinking outweigh its harms, which they generally did not consider as strong deterrents.
The findings offer a new direction for programs targeting binge drinking, which tend to limit their focus to avoiding alcohol’s ill effects rather than considering its rewards.
“This study suggest why some people can…

What does alcohol do to our bodies? | Addiction Tr…

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We know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for us. It gives us hangovers, makes us feel tired and does little for our appearance – and that is just the morning afterwards.
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Booze a Bad Mix With Poor Impulse Control

In a long-running, prospective cohort study among people seeking help for alcohol-related problems, those with poor impulse control had an increased risk of dying, according to Daniel Blonigen, PhD, and colleagues at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Palo Alto, Calif.
The effect was independent of the risk associated with alcohol use disorders, Blonigen and colleagues reported online in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
Both impulsivity and alcohol use disorders are known to increase the risk of premature death, the researchers noted, and alcohol use increases impulsive behavior. But there has been no research on…

Children of Alcoholics: Important Facts

1. Alcoholism affects the entire family.
Living with a non-recovering alcoholic in the family can contribute to stress for all members of the family. Each member may be affected differently. Not all alcoholic families experience or react to this stress in the same way. The level of dysfunction or resiliency of the non-alcoholic spouse is a key factor in the effects of problems impacting children.
Children raised in alcoholic families have different life experiences than children raised in non-alcoholic families. Children raised in other types of dysfunctional families may have similar developmental losses and stressors as do…

Coming Out as an Alcoholic

In the pantheon of difficult things to talk about, admitting that you’re a recovering alcoholic probably falls somewhere between “I’m a Wiccan” and “I’m a serial killer” on the shameful-revelation scale. After all, alcoholism is a disease, according to the American Medical Association, like diabetes or arthritis — a painful but treatable illness. Except, of course, that alcoholism is different. People don’t tend to weep, after all, when you tell them you have arthritis.
Alexandra, a 32-year-old advertising executive from the Bay Area, sobered up at 29, after a decade of abusing alcohol…

Scientists find gene linked to alcoholism

CHAPEL HILL – Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have discovered a gene variant that may protect against alcoholism.
The variant, in a gene called CYP2E1, is associated with a person’s response to alcohol. For the ten to twenty percent of people that possess this variant, those first few drinks leave them feeling more inebriated than the rest of the human population, who harbor a different version of the gene.
Previous studies had shown that people who react strongly to alcohol were less likely to become alcoholics later in life, but the genetic basis of this finding was not clear….

More Marines may get alcohol-abuse treatment

With orders from the top, the Marine Corps’ inspector general is canvassing the service to see how well commands are enforcing rules on alcohol use among Marines.
As a result, more Marines who get in trouble for booze-induced infractions could wind up in alcohol-abuse treatment.
The survey was prompted by the discovery that many Marines caught driving under the influence are not being screened by substance abuse control officers.
Assistant Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford ordered the assessment and tasked the Inspector General’s Office and Manpower and Reserve Affairs with looking for other discrepancies regarding alcohol-abuse policies….