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The science of hangovers or why you feel like crap after a night of heavy drinking

Science knows surprisingly little about what causes hangovers or how we can tackle them. While there are thousands of studies dealing with alcohol one way or the other, there are only a handful of published scientific papers that explore what causes hangovers and whether or not there’s a cure. That’s quite a shame too, considering hangovers are the bane of every weekend warrior all over the world. What physiological changes or biological interactions with alcohol could be responsible for the diabolical melange of headache, nausea, poor appetite or diarrhea, to name a few? According to the Alcohol Hangover Research Group (AHRG), “an international expert group” which...

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Student Wins Prestigious Grant from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, School of Medicine

Emily Oot, a third-year graduate student, has received a national research service award to study risk factors for the initiation of alcohol and drug use during early adolescence. The $106,887 grant is from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The award will provide Oot with valuable training in both functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging ( MRI) analyses and in the epidemiology of adolescent alcohol use disorders. It also allows Oot to conduct an independent research project, Identifying neurobiological predictors of alcohol use onset during adolescence, under a parent study currently underway at McLean Hospital. “This study responds to the need for a...

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Alcohol Awareness Month - Alcoholism Awareness - SLMA

Alcoholism was finally recognized as a national crisis due to the many negative effects it can when consumed in excess. The month of April was set aside to build awareness about the dangers of excessive drinking as many people do not realize that they are abusing alcohol and others use it without the knowledge of how it can affect their health in the process. Research from 2014 shows that excessive drinking accounted for about one in 10 deaths of US adults ages 20 to 64 between 2006 and 2010. Since then, research has shown that when consumed in excess, alcohol can take an average of 30 years off the user’s life. It is also a major contributing factor of sexual abuse in colleges. About 97,...

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The Origins of Alcohol Awareness Month - National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)

The Origins of Alcohol Awareness Month The effects of alcohol use are well-known and information about alcohol in general is easily accessible. So why would we need to have a month dedicated to alcohol awareness? It is because of a few factors. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) clearly states that the purpose is to “help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public each April with information about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery.” Their estimate that 20 million people and their families are in recovery is a very important reason why we need to acknowledge the causes, effects, and possible...

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Federal Register :: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; Notice of Meeting

Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting. The open session on May 3, 2017 will be videocast and can be accessed from the NIH Videocasting and Podcasting Web site ( https://videocast.nih.gov/​live.asp?​live=​21960 ). The...

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Alcohol Dependence (Alcoholism)

WHAT IS ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE? Alcohol dependence (alcoholism) is a disease that includes: · The need to drink greater amounts of alcohol to get high · Not being able to control your drinking even though you know that it is harmful · Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, and shakiness when you stop drinking. Signs that you have lost control over your use of alcohol include: · Not being able to limit your drinking even when you try · Having problems at work or with friends or family because of your alcohol use · Spending a lot of time and energy drinking alcohol or getting over its effects. Alcohol dependence is one of the most common illnesses seen by healthcare providers. It is...

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Binge drinking, alcohol abuse on the rise in older women, study finds - CBS News

More older American women than ever are drinking — and drinking hard, a new study shows. Most troubling was the finding that the prevalence of binge drinking among older women is increasing dramatically, far faster than it is among older men, the researchers noted. The difference was striking: Among men, the average prevalence of binge drinking remained stable from 1997 to 2014, while it increased an average of nearly 4 percent per year among women, the researchers found. Increased drinking and binge drinking can be a serious health problem for women, said study author Rosalind Breslow, an epidemiologist at the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Women don’...

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Drinking Alcohol: The Health Pros and Cons -

Drinking Alcohol: The Health Pros and Cons Alcohol’s effects on your body aren’t as simple as you might think — but they’re not as complex either. It’s true that moderate drinking can offer substantial health benefits across all age brackets, the most striking of which is a finding by Harvard’s School of Public Health that alcohol can protect against heart disease. But giving undue attention to the benefits masks alcohol’s many pitfalls, says Bob Wright, who’s spent 30 years as director of education at Hilton Head Health, a health and weight-loss facility in the coastal South Carolina resort town. “If you drink and meet the definition of moderate, it might be...

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Moderate Alcohol Drinking May Improve Cognitive Health

En español | A study partially funded by the National Institutes of Health found that moderate alcohol consumption was associated with reduced mortality and a greater chance of staying cognitively healthy in later life. Researchers from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine in La Jolla believe that the study, published in the August issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, is the first to take into account the frequency of alcohol intake in an older population and its relationship with brain function. Working with data collected from 1,344 adults in a middle-class California community, researchers studied the population over a period of 29 years. The participants...

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Alcohol Addiction Treatment, Rehab for Alcoholism

Alcohol Currently, nearly 14 million Americans -1 in every 13 adults – abuse alcohol or are alcoholic. Several million more adults engage in risky drinking that could lead to alcohol problems. These patterns include binge drinking and heavy drinking on a regular basis. In addition, 53 percent of men and women in the United States report that one or more of their close relatives have a drinking problem. After alcohol-seeking behavior has been established, the brain undergoes certain adaptive changes to continue functioning despite the presence of alcohol. As a consequence of this adaptation, certain abnormalities occur in the brain when alcohol is removed. Thus, periods of abstinence...

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