Category: Abuse

Alcohol and Cognitive Control in Adolescence (You Will be Surprised)

Alcohol and cognitive control is an important subject. Adolescence is a major period for the development of cognitive control. And most young people begin experimenting with alcohol as they enter adolescence. Cognitive Control Cognitive control is the ability to to choose an appropriate behavior over one that you’ve decided is inappropriate. That is, one that […]

Alcohol Mixed with Energy Drinks (Does It Cause Problems? Is It Dangerous?)

I. The Question. Does drinking alcohol mixed with energy drinks cause more alcohol consumption? Do drinkers feel more intoxicated? Does it lead to more risk-taking behavior? These are important questions. And they’re hotly debated. The concerns have led to laws, regulations, and public policies. Many people and organizations suggest that caffeine in energy drinks can […]

Acupuncture for Alcoholism or Alcohol Dependence

Acupuncture Acupuncture has been a therapeutic technique for thousands of years in China. It’s relatively new in the West. However, it’s now popular there as well. That includes acupuncture for alcoholism treatment. For this reason, it’s often offered as a treatment option. The theory of acupuncture is simple. It’s that a balanced flow of a […]

Frequent Binge Drinking Drops among U.S. Adolescents

The proportion of young people in the U.S. who drink alcohol has been declining since 1980. In addition, the amount each consumer drinks has also been going down over time. And fewer young people have been binge drinking. Now major research reports that frequent binge drinking has been dropping as well. And it’s been declining […]

Amethyst Initiative: College Presidents Lead in Reducing Alcohol Abuse

The Amethyst Initiative is a group of college and university presidents across the U.S. They promote public discussion about the unintended consequences of current alcohol policies. This includes the minimum legal drinking age of 21. Amethyst Initiative presidents  invite new ideas on how best to prepare young adults to make responsible decisions about alcohol use. Dr. […]

Brief Intervention Techniques for Alcohol: How & Why They’re Effective

Interview with Dr. Jason Kilmer Psychologist Dr. Jason Kilmer describes Brief Intervention Techniques. He’s an expert on how and why they work. David Hanson interviews Dr. Kilmer.. Hanson– I understand that Brief Intervention Techniques are very effective in reducing alcohol abuse. Dr. Kilmer– Yes. Particularly in our work with college students, they’re an important piece of […]

Alcohol Pre-Loading (Pre-Drinking, Pre-Gaming, Pre-Funking, Home Drinking, Prinking, predrinking, Pregaming, or Prefunking)

Alcohol pre-loading is also called Pre-drinking Pre-gaming Prefunking Home drinking Prinking It’s also sometimes spelled predrinking, pregaming, and pre-funking. Take your choice. Alcohol pre-loading is drinking at a private residence before going out at night. The destination is a place to socialize, party, or attend a sports event (hence the term pre-gaming). Or it might be to […]

How to Prevent a Hangover & Practical Ways to Reduce Hangovers: Helpful Tips.

Hangovers. How can we prevent a hangover? Most people enjoy drinking alcoholic beverages, at least occasionally. But no one wants the pain and discomfort of a hangover the next morning if they drink too much. How do you know if you have a hangover? In short, you will know it. The severity varies among people, but […]

Reduce Underage Alcohol Abuse In Creative Ways: Here are Seven

Our society uses many techniques in efforts to reduce underage alcohol abuse. A few are effective, but most are not. And there’s no silver bullet. Therefore, we must continue examining additional possibilities. Here are some creative ways to try to reduce underage alcohol abuse. I. “Card” Youth on Their 21st Birthday A most dangerous practice […]

Perceived Parental Alcohol Problems and Childrens’ Drinking Patterns in Youth

Do young people with parental alcohol problems have different drinking patterns than those without parental alcohol problems? The Study Research in Denmark studied this question. It used data from the Danish National Youth Study. This was a national survey of 75,025 high school and vocational school students. They were 15-25 years old. These were the […]

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