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Energy Drink Consumption Is Strongly Linked With Risks Of Heavy Drinking And Alcohol Dependence

A hallmark of college life is staying up late to study for an exam the following morning, and many students stay awake by consuming an energy drink. Also increasing in popularity is the practice of mixing alcohol with energy drinks. But these drinks are highly caffeinated and can lead to other problems, in addition to losing sleep. Unfortunately, the contents of energy drinks are not regulated. The results will be published in the February 2011 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research

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Adolescents At Risk For Alcohol Abuse Show Decreased Brain Activation

The period known as adolescence is a significant time of change for the individual experiencing it. Some of the most significant changes that occur are located within the prefrontal cortex in the brain, which is involved in decision making, social understanding and the ability to view situations from another individual’s point of view. But, adolescence is also a time where many youths begin drinking, which can have serious effects on brain development.

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Alcohol And Marijuana Use By Teens Harms Intellect

A new study has been released from The University of New Mexico School of Medicine comparing the mental abilities of teens that abused alcohol and marijuana to those who abstained from drugs. The results of this research are reported in the study Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Overall, this new study supports the idea that alcohol and marijuana use impairs the mental abilities of teens.

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Unhappy Children May Turn To Risky And Potentially Damaging Life Style Choices

Young children who don’t like school are more likely to be involved in underage drinking and sexual activity. A study reported in BioMed Central’s open access journal Substance Abuse, Treatment, Prevention and Policy, has found that pupils’ general wellbeing and specific satisfaction with school were both associated with the incidence of risky behaviors. Check the end of this report for a link to download this open access study.

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Alcohol Found To Be The Most Harmful Drug Based On A Multicriteria Analysis

A new system that ranks drugs on the basis of harm caused to both the user and others places alcohol as the most harmful drug, above heroin and crack. The scale, developed by drug experts led by Professor David Nutt of Imperial College London, is published online today in The Lancet. Drugs including alcohol and tobacco products are a major cause of harms to individuals and society. To provide better guidance to policy makers in health, policing, and social care, the harms that drugs cause need to be properly assessed. This task is not easy because of the wide range of ways in which drugs can cause harm, the researchers say.

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Heavy Drinkers Decrease Alcohol Consumption Over Time, But Not To Healthy Levels

Problem drinkers in the general population may reduce the amount of alcohol they consume over a period of years but not to the level of the average adult, according to a new study in the November issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. The publisher has made the full-text article available for an undetermined amount of time. Check the end of this report for a link download the original study while available.

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Long-Term Protective Effects Of Control Beliefs, Social Support, And Physical Exercise In Midlife And Old Age

Many studies have documented the dangers of the traditional negative physical risk factors on health – excessive smoking, drinking and being overweight. But far less research has focused on less tangible, positive influences – the protective role of psychological and social supports. The research is reported in an article “Promoting Functional Health in Midlife and Old Age: Long-Term Protective Effects of Control Beliefs, Social Support, and Physical Exercise,” just published in PlosOne. Check the end of this report for a link to download this open access article.

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