Category: Psychology

Intoxication Isn’t an Excuse for Domestic Abuse, Violence

This article is by Mary Fontanazza, an expert on abuse. She explains why intoxication isn’t an excuse for any bad behavior. Of course, this includes domestic abuse and sexual assault. But people usually try to excuse their bad behavior on their intoxication. Doing so is comforting to perpetrators, victims, and who love them. Yet it’s …

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Alcohol Sometimes Reduces Aggression (Surprised? Learn More)

Alcohol drinking and aggression are sometimes related. What’s not so clear is just why drunk people 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. …

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Alcohol and Bad Behaviors: Does Drinking Cause Bad Actions?

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Do alcohol and bad behaviors go together? Does drinking alcohol cause bad behaviors? Control over Behavior Intoxicated people have much greater control over their behavior than people think. For instance, in some societies people don’t believe that drunkness causes disinhibition. So in those societies, it never leads to bad behavior.1 Despite common lore, there’s no …

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Judgement of Paris: Historic Paris Wine Tasting of 1976.

The Judgement of Paris (historic Paris wine tasting of 1976) was a world-shaking event. It forever changed the world of wine. Before the Judgement of Paris, wine authorities largely agreed on one fact. That is, many places around the world could make good wine. But only in France could people make great wine. I. Judgement …

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Abortions and Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy

The Sun-News in Australia reported on scare tactics used to discourage drinking during pregnancy. Experts warned that such tactics can lead women to have abortions. Abortions and drinking alcohol is a serious problem. Abortions and Drinking: Scare Tactics Lead to Abortions Scare tactics were abandoned in the Province of Quebec in Canada. That was after …

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Brief Intervention Techniques for Alcohol: They’re Effective

Psychologist Dr. Jason Kilmer describes Brief Intervention Techniques. He’s an expert on how and why they work. David Hanson interviews Dr. Kilmer.. Brief Intervention Techniques Interview with Dr. Jason 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 …

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Alcohol and Memory vs Water and Memory: You’ll be Surprised

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Can simply the belief that you have had alcohol affect your memory of an event? We know that alcohol and memory are linked. But so are water and memory! Alcohol and Memory vs Water and Memory People who think they are drinking alcohol don’t perform as well as others on memory tests. Even when they’re …

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Intoxication and Memory: Are Drunk People Better Witnesses?

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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.” Intoxication and Memory Study A study of witnesses illustrates this. It shows that witnesses to a crime who drink afterward remembered details better than sober …

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Parental Supply of Alcohol and Alcohol Consumption Later

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Children whose parents serve them alcohol are more likely to drink full servings by age 15 or 16. But they are much less likely to have over four or drinks on an occasion. (This is sometimes called binge drinking.) Also they generally have fewer drinks per occasion. In short, parental supply of alcohol is protective …

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Alcohol and Dementia Risk: Moderate Drinking Helps

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Alcohol and dementia risk. Can moderate drinking reduce the risk? Alcohol and Dementia Risk Researchers conducted a study of 3,069 community living adults. They were aged 75 years and older. All were in the Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory Study (GEMS).  That’s a federal research project. It reported a strong link between moderate drinking and lower …

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