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Smartphone App Shows Promise for Reducing Binge Drinking in Youths

Smartphone-App-Shows-Promise-for-Reducing-Binge-Drinking-in-YouthsBinge drinking, a form of alcohol consumption geared toward the rapid attainment of legal intoxication, is a relatively common and seriously harmful behavior among older teenagers and younger adults in the U.S. In a study published in September 2014 in the journal Substance Abuse, a team of Italian and British researchers investigated the potential usefulness of a smartphone application in helping young people reduce their binge drinking involvement. The app under consideration seeks to relay the known risks of this pattern of alcohol intake in a convenient, easily understandable format.

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Abuse in Childhood Increases Cocaine Cravings, Study Finds

Abuse-in-Childhood-Increases-Cocaine-Cravings-Study-FindsDrug cravings are the powerful urges that repeatedly reinforce a continuing pattern of substance intake in people dealing with addiction. The presence of these urges can easily derail an attempt to maintain substance abstinence during the recovery process. In a study scheduled for publication in 2014 in the journal Addiction Biology, researchers from two U.S. universities investigated the impact that a personal history of child maltreatment has on the strength of the drug cravings experienced by adult men addicted to cocaine.

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New Street Drug 15 Times More Potent Than Heroin

New-Street-Drug-15-Times-More-Potent-Than-HeroinAll opioids carry inherent risks when abused, from illicit heroin to the OxyContin you may be prescribed by your doctor. Prescription drug abuse is at epidemic levels in the U.S., and when users can’t get high using their typical opioid of choice, previous experience shows that they’ll switch to other prescription opioids or even heroin. In this climate of widespread opioid addiction, new dangerous opioids like acetyl fentanyl pose immense risks to the population’s health. Experts have warned emergency physicians to be on the lookout for what appears to be ordinary opioid overdose, but might actually be attributed to acetyl fentanyl, a drug that’s five to 15 times more potent than heroin. Finding out more about this substance and its dangers helps you understand why public health officials are concerned about the upsurge in overdose cases.

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Combining Alcohol and Energy Drinks Ups Risk for Alcoholism

Combining-Alcohol-and-Energy-Drinks-Ups-Risk-for-AlcoholismEnergy drinks are a group of heavily caffeinated beverages commonly promoted for use as energy boosters, performance enhancers or wakefulness promoters. In the U.S., significant numbers of young people combine these stimulating beverages with alcohol, a powerful central nervous system depressant. In a study published in September 2014 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, researchers from two U.S. universities sought to determine if frequency of involvement in the combined use of energy drinks and alcohol accurately predicts the chances that any young consumer will go on to experience seriously negative alcohol-related consequences in the near future.

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New Genetic Pathway to Alcoholism Is Discovered

New-Genetic-Pathway-to-Alcoholism-Is-DiscoveredResearchers and addiction specialists know that, overall, roughly half of any person’s lifelong risk for developing a physical dependence on alcohol (i.e., alcoholism) stems from the details of his or her genetic inheritance. In recent years, research teams from the U.S. and other countries have begun to identify some of the specific genes that contribute to increased odds of developing alcoholism. In a study scheduled for publication in 2014 in the journal Biological Psychiatry, researchers from several U.S. institutions outlined the newly discovered role that a gene known as Nf1 plays in boosting alcoholism risks.

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Smartphone Use May Worsen Addictions

Smartphone-Use-May-Worsen-AddictionsSmartphones are here to stay. Most Americans have one and for good reason. With a smartphone you can connect to the Internet and social media sites, check email, text, and make a good, old-fashioned phone call. So much convenience in the palm of your hand is hard to resist. There are problems with smartphones, too. The constant connectivity can lead to obsessive use, compulsive behaviors, and even addiction. Smartphone use can make you sleep less and increase your stress. New research now tells us that obsessive use of smartphones can worsen other compulsive behaviors and addictions.

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Substance Use Disorder Plus ADHD Increases Risky Behavior

Substance Use Disorder Plus ADHD Increases Risky BehaviorSubstance use disorder and ADHD are two health conditions known for their ability to increase affected individuals’ involvement in unusually risky behavior. People diagnosed with ADHD have statistically increased chances of developing substance use disorder at some point in their lifetimes. In a study scheduled for publication in 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a team of Australian and Dutch researchers sought to determine if individuals with co-occurring cases of the two conditions have even higher chances of engaging in various kinds of risky behavior.

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Can You Think Your Way Out of Stress and Depression?

Can You Think Your Way Out of Stress and Depression?By Suzanne Kane

In this fast-paced world, there’s no shortage of daily demands. In the determination to accomplish everything, some things inevitably fall off the list or people find themselves less than satisfied with the results. A mounting sense of pressure can take its toll, even bringing on symptoms of depression.

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Developmental Factors Affect Alcohol Use, and Alcohol Use Affects Development

What is The Relationship Between Developmental Factors and Alchohol Use?On its website, the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) details the many important factors that influence whether an adolescent will choose to drink and the effects that alcohol use has on an adolescent’s development. Here are key excerpts from the posting:

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Alcohol Mythbusting: There’s More to Recovery Than Getting Sober

Alcohol Mythbusting: There’s More to Recovery Than Getting SoberIf you ask the average person to tell you what they know about alcoholism, chances are they believe at least a few things that are false. There are many myths surrounding alcoholism, and some of them cause people to avoid getting the help they need. Here are some of the most common myths about alcoholics and alcoholism:

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