Researchers 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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Smartphones 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.
Substance 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.
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.
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:
If 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:
Many parents wonder how their parenting style might influence their child’s decision to use or not use drugs and alcohol. In fact, studies have shown that parents have significant influence over whether a child or teen will experiment with drugs and alcohol.
Alcohol control strategies are techniques and approaches used to limit the risks for involvement in patterns of drinking that significantly boost exposure to serious alcohol-related harm. The individual can implement some of these strategies, while others come from governments, public health organizations or other private or public institutions. In a study published in 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review, a team of British researchers examined the attitudes that young adults and teenagers maintain toward alcohol control strategies. Specifically, they wanted to know which strategies young people think might help reduce one’s risk for drinking problems.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a first-of-its-kind report that shows how alcohol is cutting millions of American lives short by several decades. The report separates binge drinking from alcoholism and even distinguishes between long-term, health-related deaths and more immediate causes of death related to alcohol use. While both long-term alcohol use and binge drinking are dangerous to health, the report reveals that binge drinking is more deadly to Americans even than years of alcohol misuse.
Heroin is a powerfully addictive drug, and breaking free from its grip can be especially challenging. When heroin addicts attend Alcoholics Anonymous and other support groups that focus on alcoholism recovery, they sometimes feel like they don’t belong. At times, it seems, there’s a certain stigma attached to heroin addiction. For recovering heroin addicts, whether being rejected at AA meetings is real or imagined, the result is the same. They may stop going to meetings, setting themselves up for a high risk of relapse.