Category: Behavioral Research

Parents Giving Alcoholic Drinks May Reduce Drinking-Related Problems

Parents giving alcoholic drinks to their adolescents? Is this a good idea? Research suggests it is. Some adolescents get their first drink from friends or others. Others get it from their parents. The latter group has fewer later alcohol-related problems. That includes heavy episodic drinking or “bingeing.” That shouldn’t be surprising. It’s the typical southern …

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Intoxication and Distraction are Dangerous for Driving

Both intoxication and distraction are dangerous for driving driving. Either can cause fatal traffic accidents. Combining the two additionally increases the risk of crashes, according to research. Study participants used a driving simulator. Their primary goal was to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of them. Their secondary goal was to keep a …

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Intoxicated Women aren’t Attractive to College Men

College men don’t find excessive drinking by women to be appealing. That’s contrary to what most college women falsely think. In short, intoxicated women aren’t attractive or appealing to college men. That’s the finding of research among 3,616 college students. Seven of ten women (71%) overestimated the amount of alcohol that the typical college man …

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Alcohol Self-Help Groups List (Free or Very Inexpensive)

This alcohol self-help groups lists free or very inexpensive groups. All groups are non-12 step. It has links to more information along with other resources. I. HAMS alcohol harm reduction program The name HAMS stands for Harm reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support. HAMS harm reduction is effective in reducing alcohol and drug problems. This is …

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Effects of Bogus Intoxication: Sham Intoxication Has Real Effects

The effects of bogus intoxication surprise people. Bogus or sham intoxication has real effects on people and their actions. Specifically, people who falsely believe that they have been consuming alcohol tend to act like people who have actually been drinking. Conversely, people who don’t realize that they have been consuming alcohol tend to act like …

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The Way to Reduce Alcohol Abuse (It’s Proven Effective)

There’s a proven way to reduce alcohol abuse. What’s more, its results occur quickly and it’s inexpensive to do. Dr. H. Wesley Perkins developed the technique. In this interview with David Hanson he explains how and why it works. Hanson — Dr. Perkins, your research and insights form the basis of a unique, even revolutionary, …

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Brief Intervention for Alcohol Abuse in College and Other Young People

Here journalist Bob Curley explains that brief intervention for alcohol abuse can effectively help young prople. The process can be simple, easy, and inexpensive.   Brief interventions can be effective in cutting alcohol use by college students. The methods used to deliver these interventions — including e-mail and the Internet ­– can help other populations. …

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Alcohol Intoxication Causes Speeding, Aggression, etc.?

People commonly think that alcohol intoxication causes speeding. Or driving recklessly. Most think that it causes aggression such as fights, domestic violence, etc.  And many think it causes people to act in sexually inappropriate ways. Of course, these are also common assertions to juries in court cases involving intoxicated persons . Especially those facing conviction …

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Alcohol Sometimes Reduces Aggression (Surprised? Learn More)

Alcohol consumption and aggression are sometimes related. What’s not so clear is just why drunks sometimes become belligerent. What is it about being intoxicated that sometimes makes fighting seem like a good idea? And do all intoxicated people get more aggressive? Or does it depend on the circumstances? Actually, drinking alcohol sometimes reduces aggression. The …

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A Cause of Alcohol Problems (It May Surprise You)

cause of alcohol problems

People commonly think that high consumption levels are a cause of alcohol problems are a direct result of consumption levels. That is, the higher the consumption level, the more the problems. However, the experience of societies and other social groups shows this isn’t so. In short, drinking levels aren’t the cause of alcohol problems. In …

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