USask study finds COVID isolation worsens student diets, inactivity, and alcohol intake

A University of Saskatchewan study has found that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant worsening of already poor dietary habits, low activity levels, sedentary behaviour, and high alcohol consumption among university students. The findings of the study–the first to assess changes in students’ dietary intake, physical activity, and sedentary behaviour before and during the […]

Increase in pleasurable effects of alcohol over time can predict alcohol use disorder

A new study out of the University of Chicago Medicine following young adult drinkers for 10 years has found that individuals who reported the highest sensitivity to alcohol’s pleasurable and rewarding effects at the start of the trial were more likely to develop an alcohol use disorder (AUD) over the course of the study. Moreover, […]

New study shows every week of lockdown increases binge drinking

IMAGE: Wine poured into glass view more  Credit: Taylor & Francis: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00952990.2020.1832508 Harmful drinking among adults increases the longer they spend at home in lockdown, according to a study published in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. The research, based on a survey of nearly 2,000 over-18s in the US, is the first […]

Older adults in wealthier countries drink more alcohol — ScienceDaily

A new global study finds older people in wealthy countries consume more alcohol than their counterparts in middle-income countries, on average, although a higher cost of alcohol is associated with less frequent drinking. Across counties, people drink less as they get older, but at different rates and starting points. The study was led by researchers […]

Drug eases recovery for those with severe alcohol withdrawal

New Haven, Conn. — A drug once used to treat high blood pressure can help alcoholics with withdrawal symptoms reduce or eliminate their drinking, Yale University researchers report Nov. 19 in the American Journal of Psychiatry. In a double-blind study, researchers gave the drug prazosin or a placebo to 100 people entering outpatient treatment after […]

Canadian discovery: A potential game-changer to reverse alcohol intoxication

TORONTO (Nov. 12, 2020) – A staggering 3 million deaths occur every year as result from harmful use of alcohol, according to the World Health Organization. Present in alcoholic drinks, ethanol, normally referred to as ‘alcohol’, affects every part of the human body. Brain function, circulation and even nail growth are impacted. When a certain […]

New form of brain-training helps prevent relapse after alcohol treatment

IMAGE: Researchers A/Prof Manning, Dr Joshua Garfield and Mr Hugh Piercy testing the CBM program at Turning Point view more  Credit: (C) Turning Point A recent study has shown that it may be possible to dampen the workings of the subconscious brain to prevent alcohol relapse, the results leading to a world-first trial of a personalised […]