Alcohol-dependent individuals may benefit from a love drug called oxytocin. Scientists at Scripps Research found that oxytocin successfully blocked GABA signals, which are responsible for stress and addiction.
Healthy Living/Wellness April 18, 2019
Researchers found that heavy drinkers have altered their DNA. They hope that the new findings could one day help develop a treatment for excessive drinking, which continues to kill millions around the world.
Healthy Living/Wellness February 1, 2019
Alcohol-related diseases are the top reason for liver transplant in the United States and not Hepatitis C anymore. Researchers pointed out that this might be because the latter is easier to treat with effective drugs.
Public Health January 23, 2019
Another study showed promising results on the benefits of marijuana in curbing relapse symptoms of alcohol and cocaine addiction. Experiments were conducted in rats that are injected with CBD-containing gel for three days and followed up after five months.
Medicine March 26, 2018
A recent study found that human stem cell treatment reduces alcohol abuse in rats. Testing of humans will be required in order for this potential cure to be widely available.
Medicine March 22, 2018
If people think they have a drinking problem but they just aren’t sure, then they can now find out by using this new online tool called the Alcohol Treatment Navigator. The tool was created by the National Institute of Health.
Public Health January 11, 2018
Binge drinking has increased drastically among older American women, according to a new study. The study could not decode the reason behind this trend, but researchers stated that the issue is quite problematic.
Healthy Living/Wellness March 30, 2017
Synthetic marijuana is largely used among adolescents for recreation. Studies show it can increase the risk of addiction, and also trigger violence, other drug use, alcohol abuse, and sexual risk-taking.
Public Health March 14, 2017
Turning off alcohol-linked neurons in the rats' brains was found to reverse alcohol dependence in the animals. The animals did not show unwanted symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
Healthy Living/Wellness September 8, 2016
Alcohol dependence and binge-eating typically arise in adults with ADHD. According to research from the Linköping University, these disorders are influenced by hereditary factors where ADHD is present.
Healthy Living/Wellness September 6, 2016
Two monkey-like primate species appear to enjoy drinking 'booze' in the jungle, a new study revealed. The findings may help scientists pinpoint the roots of alcoholism or too much alcohol consumption in humans.
Animals July 21, 2016
A new study suggests that activating a certain 'no-go' type of neurons can help prevent a person from wanting to drink alcohol. The study may offer hope in reducing the prevalence of alcoholism.
Neuroscience July 8, 2016
Reports showed that 9 out of 10 people from England does not link alcohol consumption to cancer. Experts said that not only heavy alcohol drinkers are prone to cancer, the risk of acquiring cancer increases with any amount a person drinks.
Life April 5, 2016
Researchers have found that medical students carry a high risk for alcohol dependence or abuse, especially if they are younger than their peers in medical school, unmarried and with high student loans. The findings call for intervention on the rate of burnout among medical students.
Life March 16, 2016
Pregnant women who drink alcohol may pass alcohol-related behaviors to multiple generations. A new study found that alcoholism may be passed even to children without direct exposure to alcohol.
Life February 25, 2016
New health guidelines advise people to have at least two to three alcohol-free days to allow their livers to rest. United Kingdom's Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies also recommended reducing the alcohol limit for men.
Life January 4, 2016
Men are still drinking more than women, but that gap has been closing in recent years, a study finds. In every measure of drinking habits, women are approaching men's levels.
Life November 25, 2015
A new study made the world closer to finding the cure for HIV. Researchers found that disulfiram, a drug used for alcoholism, could wake up dormant HIV hiding from the body's immune system.
Life November 18, 2015
A Chinese man who has been consuming thousands of of liters of alcohol had developed a rare medical condition called the Madelung disease. Doctors say that only about 400 people in the world are diagnosed with the rare condition.
Life October 31, 2015
Swedish researchers are developing a new drug designed to curb alcoholism. Based on separate studies on humans and rats, they found that a component they discovered can reduce alcohol cravings and normalize dopamine levels in the brain.
Life October 19, 2015
States with a lower minimum drinking age see more high school dropouts, research shows. This is on top of previously documented effects such as higher substance abuse and lower educational attainment.
Life September 30, 2015
A new study shows light-eyed people, especially those with blue eyes, may be more likely than others to become alcoholics. Turns out, celebrities have been leading the way on this idea for decades.
Life July 5, 2015
A new study found that there is a link between eye color and the risk of alcohol dependence of European Americans. The experts particularly found that those who have blue eyes have an increased risk of developing alcohol dependence.
Life July 3, 2015
Researchers used virtual reality to condition alcoholics to better control their cravings. The study was small, but the results suggest that the therapy was able to accomplish this by actually changing the patients' brain activity.
Wearable Tech June 24, 2015
Researchers from the University of Washington discovered that the rates of heavy drinking and binge drinking in the United States have significantly increased between 2005 and 2012. The study also revealed that the rates are rising faster among women than among men.
Life April 24, 2015
People who drink too much alcohol are not necessarily alcohol dependent or alcoholic, the CDC said. However, excessive drinking still has its dangers including increased risks for premature death.
Life November 21, 2014
U.S. study looks at adults who drink excessively, finds most don't meet criteria for true alcoholism. Study authors caution that excessive alcohol consumption still is a health risk.
Life November 20, 2014
A new study shows a genetic piece that might influence whether moderate drinkers become binge drinkers or develop alcohol use disorders. MicroRNA may be one of the factors that influences a person's susceptibility to alcoholism.
Life October 21, 2014
Whether someone likes an alcoholic beverage or not might be down to their genetic makeup, researchers find. Genes can influence our beverage and food choices every day, they say.
Healthy Living/Wellness September 25, 2014
Sober rocker Gene Simmons apologizes for harsh remarks on depression and suicide. His comments were made before Robin Williams' suicide last week.
Life August 20, 2014
New study suggests that alcohol-related health problems may be prevented with fish oil intake—but that doesn’t give you the ticket to go take happy hour hereon. Researchers tell you why.
Life July 20, 2014
Fish oil might lessen inflammation, cell death in brain alcohol abusers. Experiments with rats finds Omega-3 oils reduce impact of alcohol on brain cells.
Life July 18, 2014
A recent study conducted by the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion claims one in 10 deaths among working-age adults can be attributed to excessive drinking. Total death count for alcohol-attributed deaths rose to 88,000 between 2006 and 2010.
Life June 30, 2014
Review finds two drugs that would be effective in helping people get off alcohol are not being prescribed. Study hopes to convince doctors to consider more use of the medications.
Life May 14, 2014
Alcohol consumption is a popular past time worldwide, but that doesn't mean it is healthy. A new report concludes that over 3.3 million people died in 2012 due to alcohol use.
Life May 14, 2014
Online friendship with woman in England helps Michigan man lose almost 400 pounds. Kicking alcoholism and healthy diet led to dramatic slimming.
Life April 29, 2014
A new study shows that Russian men, aged 55 years and younger, who drink a liter and a half of vodka each week is 35 percent more likely to die within 20 years.
Life February 1, 2014