Smoke Less, Drink Less?

July 22, 2016

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Smokers who try to give up tobacco drink less alcohol than other smokers, a new study suggests.
Researchers analyzed survey data from nearly 6,300 smokers in England, including 144 who said they had attempted to quit smoking the week before they were surveyed.
Those who tried to quit cigarettes drank […]

Cash Rewards Won’t Change Outcomes for HIV-Infected Drug Addicts: Study

July 13, 2016

WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Giving drug-addicted, HIV-positive people cash incentives to help improve unhealthy behaviors doesn’t work, a new study finds.
The study, funded by the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, tracked outcomes for HIV-infected people with substance-abuse problems — a notoriously tough group to treat, the researchers said.
To lower rates of […]

The Older the Drinking Age, the Lower the Illness Rates?

June 28, 2016

TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — States typically raised the minimum drinking age to lower drunk driving rates, but a new study suggests the move could have other health benefits.
Researchers say states that prevent people younger than 21 from buying alcohol may also curb deaths from chronic alcohol-related health issues, such as liver disease […]

Health Risks Higher for LGBT Community

June 27, 2016

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) — In yet another sign that lesbian, gay and bisexual people face additional health risks, a new study finds they’re more likely to drink heavily and smoke.
Gay men and bisexuals of both genders are also more likely to report moderate-to-severe “psychological distress,” and lesbians have a […]

Cutting Back on Wine? Try a Smaller Glass

June 7, 2016

TUESDAY, June 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Like wine just a little too much sometimes? You may sip a little less over an evening if it’s served in smaller goblets, a new British study finds.
“It’s not obvious why this should be the case, but one reason may be that larger glasses change our perceptions […]

Tough Economy, Alcohol Fuels Suicide Risk in Men: Study

May 26, 2016

THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Heavy drinking may fuel the risk of suicide among men when the economy is sinking, new research suggests.
Previous studies found a link between increased suicide risk among Americans and economic downturns. So, investigators from the University of California, Los Angeles decided to examine the role alcohol plays in […]

1.2 Million U.S. College Students Boozing on Average Day

May 26, 2016

THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — When they’re not hitting the books, many U.S. college students are hitting the bars or getting high, a new government report shows.
About 1.2 million full-time college students, aged 18 to 22, drink alcohol, and nearly 704,000 use marijuana on an average day, researchers from the U.S. Substance Abuse […]

Hepatitis C Patients More Likely to Drink, Study Finds

May 25, 2016

WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — People infected with hepatitis C are more likely to be current or former heavy drinkers, a new study suggests.
Unfortunately, alcohol may accelerate the liver damage associated with the virus, the researchers added.
Adults with hepatitis C were three times more likely to have five or more drinks daily […]

Drink Spiking a Problem on U.S. Campuses

May 24, 2016

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Drink spiking may be prevalent on U.S. college campuses, and women are at much greater risk than men, new research finds.
Women were also more likely than men to cite sexual assault as a motive for drink spiking — where someone secretly adds alcohol or drugs to another person’s […]

Frat Brothers Keep Chugging Despite Anti-Booze Efforts

May 20, 2016

FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The boys of “Animal House” and “Neighbors” may be immune to anti-boozing programs that curb drinking for other college kids, new research suggests.
As Brown University researcher Lori Scott-Sheldon put it: “Current intervention methods appear to have limited effectiveness in reducing alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems among fraternity and […]

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