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Mixed Energy-Alcohol Drinks May Be Riskier Than Drinking Alcohol Alone

Energy drinks mixed with alcohol, such as Red Bull™ and vodka, have become trendy. While this consumption has been implicated in risky drinking practices and associated accidents and injuries, there is little laboratory research on how the effects of this combination differ from those of drinking alcohol alone. A recent laboratory study, comparing measures of […]

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Impaired Impulsivity And Delayed Gratification In Alcohol-Dependence Is Associated With Specific Brain Anomalies

Researchers already know that alcohol dependence (AD) is strongly associated with impaired impulse control or, more precisely, the inability to choose large, delayed rewards rather than smaller but more immediate rewards. Findings from a study using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate the neural basis of impulsive choice among individuals with alcohol use disorders […]

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Scientists Explore New Link Between Genetics, Alcoholism, And The Brain

Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System have uncovered a new link between genetic variations associated with alcoholism, impulsive behavior, and a region of the brain involved in craving and anxiety. The results, published online April 12 in Molecular Psychiatry, suggest that variations in the GABRA2 gene contribute to the risk of alcoholism by influencing […]

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Parkinson’s Disease Medications Can Cause Impulse Control Disorders

Mayo Clinic researchers found that dopamine agonists used in treating Parkinson’s disease result in impulse control disorders in as many as 22 percent of patients.  Mayo Clinic first reported on this topic in 2005. The follow-up study was published online in the February 2011 issue of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders. Included in this report is […]

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Cognitive-Bias Modification Therapy Helps Addicts Develop An ‘Avoidance Bias’

Alcoholism is a tough addiction to kick. Eventually, most people return to drinking. But some Dutch and German psychological scientists have tested a short-term regime, called Cognitive-Bias Modification Therapy, that promises to help alcoholics stay sober. Their study is published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association of Psychological Science.

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Childhood Self-Control Predicts Adult Health (And Wealth)

A long-term study has found that children who scored lower on measures of self-control as young as age 3 were more likely to have health problems, substance dependence, financial troubles, and a criminal record by the time they reached age 32, according to an international research team led by Duke University psychologists Terrie Moffitt and […]

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Hyperactive And Impulsive Behaviors In Childhood (ADHD) Could Trigger Adulthood Obesity

The symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder present in childhood are associated with an increased risk of being obese as an adult, and the greater the symptoms, the greater the risk, according to a study by Duke University Medical Center researchers. “This is the first study to take this concept out of the clinic and into the […]

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Childhood Personality Traits Predict Adult Behavior

Personality traits observed in childhood are a strong predictor of adult behavior, a study by researchers at the University of California, Riverside, the Oregon Research Institute and University of Oregon suggests. The study will appear in a forthcoming issue of the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, a quarterly publication of the Association for Research […]

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