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Enforcement of Drunk Driving Laws Makes Roads Safer, Study Finds

December 16, 2014

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — With the holiday party season fast approaching, a new study reveals that states that routinely perform randomized traffic stops and make DUI arrests have fewer drunk drivers on their roads.
The finding suggests that states that enforce drunk driving laws more vigilantly are better able to […]


Smoking May Make It Tougher to Quit Problem Drinking: Study

December 12, 2014

FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Smoking might hamper treatment for alcohol abuse, a new study indicates.
“The data suggest that smoking is associated with difficulties in alcohol treatment. Tobacco smokers had shorter treatment durations and were less likely to have achieved their alcohol-related goals at discharge relative to their nonsmoking counterparts,” study leader Kimberly […]


Fewer Bars and Liquor Stores, Less Domestic Violence: CDC

December 10, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Restricting the number of locations where alcohol can be sold in a community may help reduce domestic violence, researchers say.
The team at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reviewed 16 studies that examined the link between alcohol sales regulations in communities and rates of […]


Humans’ Taste for Booze May Go Back Millions of Years

December 2, 2014

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Raise a glass of holiday cheer to this: New genetic research suggests that humans and their ape forebearers may have been relishing alcohol for 10 million years.
As anyone who’s had too much knows, alcohol — called ethanol by scientists — can be […]


Drink a Lot? You’re Probably Not an Alcoholic

November 21, 2014

Most people who drink to excess or binge drink are not alcoholics, a new U.S. government report says.


Alcoholism Damages Brain’s White Matter, Scans Show

November 18, 2014

TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Alcoholism damages white matter throughout the brain and this damage can be detected with brain scans, researchers report.
Heavy drinking may be especially damaging to white matter in the frontal areas of the brain, which can interfere with the impulse control needed to stop drinking, according to the study.
The […]


Alcohol Taxes May Give Boost to Public Health, Economy

November 18, 2014

TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Some may believe that raising taxes on alcohol products will cost jobs in the service sector, but a new study suggests that’s made up for by job creation elsewhere.
The findings were to be reported Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in New Orleans.
“Money […]


Holidays Can Trip Up Problem Drinkers

November 9, 2014

SUNDAY, Nov. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The approaching holiday season can pose challenges for the 18 million Americans with an alcohol use disorder, an addiction specialist warns.
Binge drinking can cause a variety of problems, both social and health-related, including life-threatening interactions with some prescription medications, Dr. Eric Collins, an addiction psychiatrist and physician-in-chief at […]


More Kids Harmed by Drinking in Pregnancy Than Expected, Study Reports

October 27, 2014

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although drinking during pregnancy has long been considered taboo, new research suggests that as many as one in 20 U.S. children may have health or behavioral problems related to alcohol exposure before birth.
The study found that between 2.4 percent and 4.8 percent of children have […]


Binge Drinking May Boost Blood Pressure in Young Men

October 21, 2014

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Binge drinking among young adult men may lead to increased blood pressure, according to a new study.
But binge drinking didn’t cause a similar rise in blood pressure for young adult women or for teenagers, according to the study. In fact, when young adult women drank […]




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