Category: Behavioral Research

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 […]

DWI and DUI Courts are Effective: They Reduce Repeat DWI/DUI Offenses

DUI courts are effective in reducing the crime of drunken driving (driving while intoxicated or while impaired). These courts are sometimes called DWI courts, sobriety courts, wellness courts, or accountability courts.  New Mexico established the first DUI court in the US in 1995. Now, there are many hundreds. That’s because of the effectiveness of DUI […]

Drugged Driving and Drunk Driving: Both Serious but Drugged Driving More Common

Drugged Driving Increasing. The majority of drivers killed in a crash in the U.S. are tested for alcohol and drugs. This gives officials the chance to compare drugged driving and drunk driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported statistics for the most recent year available, 2015. It found that drugs were present […]

Drinking by Students Dropping to Historic New Lows in U.S.

I. Drinking by Students Drinking by students and other young people continues to hit new lows. In fact, it has been for dropping for decades. Yet most columnists, commentators, and journalists repeatedly suggest the problem is rising. And rising fast. Consequently, most people believe that student drinking is increasing. Not only that, but they think […]

Planned vs Unplanned Pregnancy and Drinking Alcohol: Important Facts

Pregnancy and Drinking Alcohol Is there any difference between planned and unplanned pregnancy and drinking during early pregnancy? Doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigated this question. They studied 5,036 women. All were participants in the Right from the Start program. The doctors had the women’s demographic, reproductive, and behavioral data. That included alcohol drinking […]

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 […]

Intoxication and Memory: Are Intoxicated People More Accurate Witnesses?

Drink to Remember? Some people drink to forget. But it might be smarter sometimes to drink to remember. Researchers have long studied intoxication and memory. But the findings can conflict with “common sense.” A British study of witnesses illustrates this. It shows that witnesses to a crime who drink afterward remembered details better than sober […]

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 […]

Parental Supply of Alcohol and Alcohol Consumption in Adolescence

Effects of Parental Supply of Alcohol Children whose parents serve them alcohol are more likely to drink full servings by age 15 or 16. However, they are much less likely to have over four or drinks on an occasion. (This is sometimes called binge drinking.) In addition, they generally have fewer drinks per occasion. In […]

Children, Alcohol and Parenting: What Should Parents Do?

Alcohol and parenting is a controversial subject. What’s the best thing for parents to do? What can they legally do? The subject of alcohol and parenting is surrounded by conflicting beliefs and opinions. And also by a high degree of emotion. Fortunately, research provides useful answers. This can guide us as parents. I. Some Important […]

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