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What Marriage Can Do to Your Drinking Habits

Marriage lowers risk of alcoholism, study says

(Newser) - While some people complain their spouse drives them to drink, scientists now say the opposite is true. A study published Monday in the American Journal of Psychiatry finds a powerful link between marriage and a reduced risk of developing problems with alcohol. "With this study, we were trying to... More »

Americans Name Drug They Fear Most—and It's Legal

Alcohol causes 88K deaths a year

(Newser) - The second deadliest drug in the US after tobacco is similarly legal, and claims more lives than all illicit drugs combined with 88,000 deaths a year. Alcohol is also the drug that has Americans most concerned, reports the AP and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the... More »

Could This Discovery End Alcoholism?

Blocking D1 receptors in brain blocks alcohol cravings: study

(Newser) - Scientists say a cure for alcoholism could be on the horizon thanks to the remarkable discovery of neurons in the brain that play a role in whether one glass of wine turns into a bottle. Texas A&M researchers explain the part of your brain known as the dorsomedial striatum... More »

History's Most High-Functioning Alcoholics

"A man does not exist until he is drunk." Who said that?

(Newser) - There are high-functioning alcoholics—then there are alcoholics who rule empires, write great novels, and become movie stars. Ozy lists "History's 10 Most Accomplished Drunks," with a few of their choice quotes:
  • The Queen Mother: Queen Elizabeth II's mom, Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes Lyon, kept up
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One Eye Color Is Linked to Alcoholism

Researchers say the link appears to be genetic

(Newser) - Is it mere coincidence, or do people with blue eyes really run a higher risk of being alcoholics? A new study out of the University of Vermont suggests that the link not only exists, but it appears to be a genetic one. Reporting in the American Journal of Medical Genetics ... More »

Science Better for Alcoholics Than Faith-Based AA

Gabrielle Glaser says some alcohol abusers can even learn to drink in moderation

(Newser) - Trying to beat addiction through a faith-based 12-step program—Alcoholics Anonymous being the best known of the bunch—typically means you can never take a sip of alcohol again. But Gabrielle Glaser writes for the Atlantic that AA was founded 80 years ago , "when knowledge of the brain was... More »

Jon Hamm Completes Alcohol Rehab

He seeks help ahead of final 'Mad Men' season debut

(Newser) - Jon Hamm, who stars as hard-drinking Don Draper in Mad Men, has taken steps to deal with issues of his own. He has completed a 30-day rehab program for alcohol addiction at what TMZ calls a "high-end facility" in Connecticut, just ahead of the April 5 debut of the... More »

Study: Heavy Drinkers Are Rarely Alcoholics

Only 1 in 10 excessive drinkers meets the definition of alcoholism

(Newser) - Frequently drinking too much booze does not mean you're an alcoholic. In fact, it means that only rarely. A new study by the CDC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration finds that 1 in 3 American adults meet the definition of heavy drinking—for men, having... More »

Teacher Denied Interview Because She's Irish

One South Korean seems to think all Irish have an 'alcoholism nature'

(Newser) - Irish teacher Katie Mulrennan got a Craigslist job reply so bizarre she was compelled to post it and see if it went viral. And it has. The 26-year-old tells the BBC that, in spite of having taught English for more than three years in Barcelona, Oxford, Abu Dhabi, and South... More »

First Case of Google Glass Addiction Reported

Internet addiction, however, is not yet recognized by the APA

(Newser) - A 31-year-old enlisted service member who recently checked himself into the US Navy’s Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program for alcohol addiction began suffering an entirely unexpected withdrawal during the 35-day program. It turns out that when the program stripped him of Google Glass, which he'd been wearing 18 hours... More »

Got a Hangover? Blame Your Genes

Researchers base finding on study of twins

(Newser) - When it comes to a bad reaction to alcohol, it seems not everyone is created equal. Genetics, researchers suggest, could be to blame for almost half the difference among people in whether we suffer the day after drinking. In a survey, study authors asked some 4,000 people on the... More »

Inside Robin Williams' Addiction Battle

He fought alcohol, drugs, depression for years

(Newser) - Robin Williams often joked about his addiction to cocaine and alcohol—a lifelong struggle that saw him visit a treatment facility just weeks before his suspected suicide yesterday, according to the Hollywood Reporter . Williams, 63, talked openly about 30 years of addiction to drugs and alcohol that began in the... More »

Rob Ford: I've Used Almost All Drugs

Mayor says he's taking it one day at a time

(Newser) - Rob Ford is out of rehab , back in Toronto City Hall, and coming clean about his past bad behavior. In interviews with the CBC and CP24 , the mayor said his drug use began long before he took office and included pretty much every "drug you can think of,"... More »

Rick Perry: Being Gay Like Being an Alcoholic

Perry's comment 'drew murmur of disbelief'

(Newser) - Rick Perry met with the Commonwealth Club of California yesterday and spoke on everything from Eric Cantor's defeat to homosexuality—in particular, sharing his belief that the latter can be overcome. "Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability... More »

Anti-Alcoholism Drugs Exist, but We're Not Using Them

Many doctors don't know about them: experts

(Newser) - Two medications could offer an effective weapon against alcoholism, and they've been approved for years. But many doctors aren't familiar with naltrexone and acamprosate, which could benefit tens of thousands of alcoholics, a study finds. The drugs are "not blockbuster. They’re not going to work for... More »

Canada Teaches Alcoholics to Make Their Own Beer

Program aims to steer users away from toxic drinks

(Newser) - Another innovative harm-reduction strategy from the Vancouver group that introduced crack pipe vending machines : Brewing lessons for hardened alcoholics. The Portland Hotel Society, which works to help addicts and the mentally ill in the Canadian city, says the aim is to steer extreme alcoholics away from more dangerous substances like... More »

It's Time We Challenged Alcoholics Anonymous

Columnist: New books are right to question its reputation as the only solution

(Newser) - A slew of new books is challenging the 75-year "hegemony" of Alcoholics Anonymous, and Maia Szalavitz at Pacific Standard thinks it's about time. Over the decades, it's become nearly an accepted truth in this country that AA is the one and only path to sobriety. And sure,... More »

Why a 'Dry January' Is a Bad Idea

...Assuming you're an alcoholic

(Newser) - Thinking of giving up booze for the month after a hedonistic holiday season? Well, you might be an alcoholic making a big mistake, writes Tom Sykes at the Telegraph . As a recovering alcoholic, Sykes should know. "I managed several sober Januaries, and they became an important weapon in my... More »

Real Bond Would Be an 'Impotent Drunk'

Study: Booze intake would leave spy too pie-eyed to function

(Newser) - If James Bond was a real person he'd be too booze-addled to seduce gorgeous Soviet spies, let alone shoot straight or defuse nuclear bombs, according to doctors who have cast a worried eye over his alcohol intake in the 14 original Bond novels from the '50s and '... More »

Alcoholics Paid in Beer to Clean City Streets

In Amsterdam—where did you expect?

(Newser) - An unconventional method for cleaning up the streets of Amsterdam has some scratching their heads. A local foundation is paying citizens to clean up the streets—paying them in beer and sometimes cigarettes, that is. Apparently, the alcoholics in a local park were causing disturbances by fighting, being loud, and... More »

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