Binge drinking appears to hamper young adults’ ability to perform simple language and memory tests, a new study shows. The research suggests that drinking large quantities of alcohol in a short period may have an effect on the region of the brain involved in learning.
Fourteen colleges and universities announced this week they have banded together to fight binge drinking. The institutions, including Dartmouth, Cornell, Duke, Boston University, Northwestern, Princeton and Stanford, plan to test and measure new strategies and share their results with other colleges.
With prom and graduation season nearing, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), in conjunction with other groups, is proclaiming April 21 “PowerTalk21 Day” to encourage parents and teens to talk about alcohol.
A new study identifies a gene that appears to be involved in regulating how much alcohol a person drinks. The findings could help scientists in their search for more effective treatments for alcoholism and binge drinking.
Researchers in the U.K have found that teens from more affluent families are more likely to drink than teens in poverty, although having a mother with a higher level of education is a protective factor for teens at any income level, Reuters reported March 14. The longitudinal study, led by Roberto Melotti of the University […]
Gil Kerlikowske, the White House ’drug czar,’ urged Fla. governor Rick Scott to reinstate a prescription drug-monitoring database he axed in this year’s state budget, The Associated Press reported Feb. 23. The governor refused, even as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and local law enforcement announced raids on multiple pain clinics in south Florida. As Join […]
The Australian government should put warning labels on alcohol in conjunction with a broad public health campaign addressing alcohol use, according to an advisory panel, The Age reported Jan. 29. Dr. Neal Blewett, a former health minister, led the panel of experts reviewing the issue. According to The Age, the panel recommended text warnings, like […]
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is taking its efforts to bridge the gap between physician education and high-quality care of patients with drug abuse to selected medical schools, and ultimately, to the World Wide Web.
State-of-the-art brain imaging shows that changes in the brain’s reward circuitry caused by substance abuse likely remain even after drug and alcohol use stop, according to a Jan. 18 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) press release. A team of investigators led by Robert P. J. Barretto of Stanford University’s Clark Center for Biomedical Engineering […]
A bill introduced in North Dakota would ban alcohol use and possession at college sports events where minors are present, the Associated Press reported Jan. 14. Rep. Chuck Damschen (R-Hampden) of the N.D. House of Representatives put the proposal forward to cut down on underage drinking. If the bill passed, alcohol would be prohibited in […]
Two federal agencies and a private foundation have awarded $4.1 million to three communities to create or develop juvenile drug courts using the Reclaiming Futures model to serve youth struggling with alcohol, drugs, and crime.
An expert working group recommended on Sept. 15 to replace the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) with a new Institute on Addictions within the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is testing out a pair of wine vending machines located inside supermarkets, the Associated Press reported July 8. Making a purchase isn’t as simple as inserting your money and making a selection, however: buyers must run their state driver’s license through a card reader and blow into an alcohol breath […]
Seven candidates for governor in Vermont clashed over a proposal to decriminalize drugs at a recent forum sponsored by Friends of Recovery Vermont, the Rutland Herald reported June 24. Democrat Peter Shumlin, currently president pro tem of the state Senate, has publicly endorsed decriminalization of marijuana, setting the stage for a discussion on the proposal. […]