A finding about the role of a protein in the brain that influences behavior may hold clues to addiction-like behaviors, a study in mice suggests. The research could help scientists searching for more effective addiction treatments, according to Science Daily.
A study that scanned the brains of binge drinkers ages 18 to 25 shows that regularly having many drinks in one sitting can affect an area of the brain related to paying attention, making decisions and controlling impulses.
Imaging scans of the brains of people who smoke marijuana daily show a decrease in the number of receptors involved in pleasure, appetite, pain tolerance and many other key mental and bodily functions, a new study shows.
Sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) at the National Institutes of Health, the Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) now includes 34 policy changes across 29 policy areas made in 2009.
First Lady Michelle Obama says that her husband, President Barack Obama, has quit smoking, the Associated Press reported Feb. 8. “It’s been almost a year,” she said. She gave no details on how or when he quit. He had promised her that he would quit smoking if he ran for president, and he told reporters […]
Wisconsin-based NIATx has developed a self-assessment tool for behavioral healthcare treatment providers, designed to help agency leaders determine their organization’s capacity to ’undertake the changes resulting from health care reform, parity legislation, state budget shortfalls, and increased performance accountability.’
According to educators at Yale School of Medicine and other U.S. medical schools, doctors-to-be require a lot more training to address substance abuse than they currently receive, HealthCanal.com reported Jan. 6. Substance use disorders are at the root of a staggering array of medical, behavioral, and social problems, said the authors. In the U.S. alone, […]
Now that Four Loko and other alcoholic energy drinks have been pretty much outlawed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and two more federal agencies because of their associated health and safety risks, the question remains: what will happen to stock already on the shelves?
Good deeds and good work weren’t enough to keep the Historic Triangle Substance Abuse Coalition’s (HTSAC) doors open. The Virginia-based coalition ran out of grant funds last week and had to shut down.
Retailers and distributors have pulled back on the production and sale of kombucha, a popular tea, as the government tests the drink to see if it meets alcohol regulation standards, the Associated Press July 15. Some bottles of the drink, which contains live bacteria and yeast, could have as much as 2 to 3 percent […]
The RAND Corp. has published a detailed analysis of the possible ramifications of marijuana legalization in California, as proposed under the Proposition 19 ballot initiative. The findings are certain to annoy both supporters and opponents of legalization — usually a sign that the authors did a pretty good job.
The Canadian province of Saskatchewan’s minimum-pricing policy on high-alcohol beverages has resulted in a decline in public intoxication as well as lower sales of potent products, the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix reported July 6. The province is among a handful of governments worldwide to set minimum prices based on alcohol content. The policy has caused the prices […]
Talk about return on investment: A new report from the Marin Institute says that the alcohol industry parlayed $3 million in California political donations into the defeat of $2 billion in proposed alcohol taxes and mitigation fees. The industry watchdog drew a direct connection between industry donations to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Budget Reform Now poliical-action committee and the withdrawal of the governor’s $751-million alcohol tax proposal.
“We found Big Alcohol standing over the smoldering ruins of a failed state budget,” said Bruce Lee Livingston, executive director of the Marin Institute.
The Canadian Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the federal government has the power to shut down a pioneering Vancouver program that provides drug addicts a safe place to inject their drugs. The Toronto Globe and Mail reported June 24 that the Insite program has operated under a waiver of Canadian drug laws since […]
The Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010 includes $12 million in funding for development of alcohol-detection devices that could be installed in all cars, the New York Times reported June 25. The government and the U.S. auto industry have been working on an improved version of the ignition-interlock device, which prevents the vehicle from starting […]
Parents who insist on accountability from their kids but lack warmth in their relationships may be setting themselves up for alcohol-related heartache as they raise their children, the Los Angeles Times reported June 24. Not surprisingly, kids who viewed their parents as indulgent were the most likely to drink heavily, according to researchers at Brigham […]
“This one-stop resource is for people in or seeking recovery from addiction, their families and friends and for addiction treatment service providers and other allied service professionals,” according to the group.
Looking for a boost in sales and market share, the Walgreen chain of drug stores has ended a 15-year ban on sales of beer and wine — a segment of business that once netted the company 10 percent of its revenues. The Wall Street Journal reported June 3 that Walgreen was once one of the […]