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Huge Decline in Underage Binge Drinking Across America

A new report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Abuse  (SAMHSA) reveals that underage drinking rates among young people are declining. Considering we are in the middle of an opioid epidemic, any good news is a breath of fresh air. When the 2010-2012 estimates were compared to the 2012-2014 estimates, 18 . . . . Continue Reading


Gov. Chris Christie Debuts Television Ad To Raise Awareness of Opioid Crisis

The news up north regarding the opioid crisis is continually frightening. New Jersey’s numbers continue to concern residents. As a response, Gov. Chris Christie is doing everything possible to highlight new addiction services in the state of New Jersey. The ad campaign will help promote the telephone hotline, 1-844-REACH-NJ and a website, www.reachnj.gov, that Christie . . . . Continue Reading


A Blood Test Could Detect Newborn Risk for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Soon, a blood test could help physicians determine if a newborn is at high risk of developing fetal alcohol syndrome. The findings could facilitate early intervention to improve the health of infants and children prenatally exposed to alcohol. It’s estimated that each year in the United States, 1 in every 750 babies is born with a . . . . Continue Reading


It’s Official – Women Now Drink as Much as Men

Drinking “like a man” is no longer a thing. More women than ever are “keeping up with the guys” when it comes to alcohol consumption. A recent study revealed women are drinking just as much alcohol as men.  The increase of alcohol consumption is doing increasing amounts of damage to their health as a result. . . . . Continue Reading


Do Alcoholics Lack a Key Enzyme in Their Brain?

A new study suggests that alcoholics may lack an essential enzyme in the brain that inhibits impulse control. Researchers in Sweden say the lack of a critical enzyme may result in a person being more vulnerable to alcoholism. Regardless of whether you drink or not, most of us are aware of how alcohol dulls our . . . . Continue Reading


Blood Alcohol Testing with Temporary Tattoos

Over the last several years there have been increased efforts to develop technology for blood alcohol testing, breathalyzing for drugs, and other innovations related to keeping people safe and helping keep drunk drivers and party-goers from engaging in risk behavior. There are cups that test drinks for being drugged. There are wrist-bands that monitor movement . . . . Continue Reading


7 Behavioral Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol influences your behavior in many ways. The most obvious way is that it changes your reaction to your immediate environment. Heavy drinking is dangerous, especially when you are in an unfamiliar area. Alcohol leads to myopia (short-sightedness) which means your focus and attention to obvious cues and information hinders severely. Overall, alcohol influences your . . . . Continue Reading


Paris Jackson Reveals Struggle with Alcoholism and Fame

Paris Jackson, the 17-year old daughter of the late Michael Jackson, recently took a stand against the negativity on her Instagram. She expressed her thoughts about the outlandish requests and expectations she felt from fans. In the process, she revealed that she attends Alcoholic Anonymous meetings regularly. In the now-deleted Instagram post, she wrote: “This . . . . Continue Reading


Changing Drinking Age for Alcohol to 18?

Since 1984 the legal age to drink alcohol in all of the United States of America has been 21. Of course everyone who was born back then can drink now, so it wouldn’t seem like such a big deal. This was the year President Reagan signed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act into law. Since . . . . Continue Reading


Alcoholism Linked to Impulsive Control Disorder

It turns out that alcoholics may have more than their addiction to blame for their behavior. A new study links alcoholism with impulse control disorder. Whether it is psychological or physical dependency, there are a myriad of reasons why alcoholism occurs and issues with impulsive control disorder may be one of them. First, we must define . . . . Continue Reading