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College Drinking and Job Search

Binge-drinking in college could impact job chances upon graduation, new study finds.

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who drink or smoke already have stiffening arteries, and the risk is highest for those who are both heavy smokers and heavy drinkers, a new study reports.

Arterial stiffening is a sign of blood vessel damage that increases the chances for heart attack and stroke later in life. The good news is that teens can reverse this damage if the...

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Alcohol contributes to 2.8 million deaths a year worldwide, and there is no safe level of alcohol consumption, researchers say.

The new analysis of hundreds of studies conducted between 1990 and 2016 found that one in three people worldwide (2.4 billion people) drink alcohol, and that 6.8 percent of men and 2.2 pe...

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As a tool to reduce the public health toll of drinking, higher taxes on alcohol get the most bang for the buck, a new study finds.

Worldwide, more than 4 percent of diseases and 5 percent of deaths are directly linked with alcohol, previous research suggests.

In this study, researchers looked at data from 16 countries to find out w...

THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The Great Recession continues to take a grim toll: Since 2009, a growing number of Americans have died from liver disease and liver cancer.

The increase among 25- to 34-year-olds is especially troubling because the deaths are due to cirrhosis, a disease caused by excessive drinking, the authors of a new study said. The researchers suspect t...

WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who party hard in their 20s could wind up paying for it later with a higher risk of heart disease, a new study suggests.

Young adults who binge drink are more likely to have heart risk factors such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels and higher blood sugar levels, researchers found.

"They are engaging in a b...

FRIDAY, June 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Native American teens are at greater risk of alcohol and drug abuse than other American teens, a new study finds.

Still, "we do not want these data to be used to stigmatize American Indian kids," said study author Randall Swaim, director of Colorado State University's Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research.

For the study, Swaim an...

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who have a few drinks a week tend to live a bit longer than teetotalers do -- but even moderate drinking may raise the risk of certain cancers, a large, new study finds.

The research is the latest to look at the question: What level of drinking might be "healthy"?

It's a complicated issue to study, and that's led to some conf...

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teen girls who regularly toss back four or five alcoholic drinks may be setting themselves up for a lifetime of lower bone density, new research suggests.

The study of college women included some who reported regularly binge drinking during high school and in the first year of college. That means downing four or more alcoholic drinks in a t...

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- States that get tough on drunk driving see drops in alcohol-related car crash deaths, new research shows.

About 30 percent of deaths in car crashes occur when one or more drivers has a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher -- the legal definition of driving while impaired in the United States, the investigators explained. An additional...

FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Marketing "light" beer and wine could backfire, increasing the total amount that someone drinks, a new British study warns.

"Labeling lower strength alcohol may sound like a good idea if it encourages people to switch drinks, but our study suggests it may paradoxically encourage people to drink more," senior author Theresa Marteau, of the Unive...

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol -- and not taking illegal drugs -- that pose the greatest risks to people's health, a new international study contends.

Researchers found that alcohol and tobacco use combined cost more than a quarter of a billion disability-adjusted life-years worldwide, while illegal drugs only accounted for tens of m...

TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who drink more than the recommended daily limit of alcohol may harbor an unhealthy mix of bacteria in their mouths, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that compared with nondrinkers, those who drank relatively heavily had fewer "good" bacteria in their mouths. They were also hosting more "bad" bacteria -- including bugs that have...

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- How much a woman indulges in alcohol may have ties to her premenstrual syndrome symptoms, a new global research review suggests.

"We estimate that 11 percent of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) cases may be associated to alcohol intake worldwide," according to a team led by Bahi Takkouche, of the University of Santiago de Compostela, in Spain.

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TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An injectable sensor that could provide ongoing monitoring of the alcohol intake of people receiving addiction treatment is in development.

The miniature biosensor would be placed just beneath the skin surface and be powered wirelessly by a wearable device, such as a smartwatch or patch, the University of California, San Diego engineers expl...

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- One-third of young adults in the United States have been in a vehicle with a driver impaired by alcohol or drugs, a new study finds.

Riding with a marijuana-impaired driver was more common than riding with an alcohol-impaired driver, researchers found.

"We've put a lot of emphasis on drinking and driving, but less effort on driving ...

FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are on a binge drinking binge.

More than 17 billion binge drinks were consumed by American adults in 2015, a new federal government study shows. That works out to an average of 470 drinks per binge drinker.

The study also found that 1 in 6 (37 million) American adults binge drink about once a week and down an average of se...

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Though fewer Americans are dying from alcohol abuse, suicide and murder, opioid overdose deaths have risen dramatically in recent decades, a new report finds.

And some regions of the United States are bearing the brunt of these "deaths of despair," the researchers discovered.

"Unless more effective policies are developed and pro...

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The ills that are linked to heavy drinking now include dementia, a new study warns.

Researchers analyzed data from more than a million adults in France who were diagnosed with dementia between 2008 and 2013. They found that chronic, heavy drinking was a major risk factor for all types of dementia, but specially early onset dementia.

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TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More U.S. children may be living with brain damage from prenatal drinking than experts have thought, a new study suggests.

The study of four U.S. communities found that at least 1 percent to 5 percent of first-graders had a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD.

The prevalence ranged depending on the community. And when the resear...

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- "Rent-a-drip" IV lounges are popping up across the country, promising speedy recovery for hangover sufferers, jet lag victims and others seeking an intravenous solution to modern dilemmas.

But experts say these lounges are at best a waste of money and at worst potentially dangerous.

"The whole thing is really nonsense," said Dr. S...

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- New Year's resolutions to curb drinking are likely made with the best intentions. But wishful thinking often isn't enough, a new survey suggests.

The survey, of nearly 3,000 "higher-risk" drinkers, found that roughly 20 percent wanted to cut back in the near future. But six months later, there were no signs that their motivations had turned i...

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Parents are mistaken if they think giving their teens alcohol removes drinking-related risks, a groundbreaking Australian study finds.

In many countries, parents provide alcohol to their underage kids as a way to introduce them to drinking carefully, and believe it will protect them from the harms of heavy drinking.

But the practi...

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Men who started drinking in their teens are at increased risk for liver disease, Swedish researchers report.

"Our study showed that how much you drink in your late teens can predict the risk of developing cirrhosis later in life," said lead investigator Dr. Hannes Hagstrom, with the Center for Digestive Diseases and Karolinska University Hospi...

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Lower legal blood alcohol levels for drivers are needed to eliminate drunk driving deaths in the United States, according to a new report.

All states should lower legal blood alcohol levels for drivers from 0.08 to 0.05 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reported.

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TUESDAY, Jan. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Alcohol's effect on heart health, good or ill, may rely in part on the drinker's income, new research suggests.

For example, the study of more than 200,000 Norwegian adults found that having a few drinks per week was linked to a lowered odds of dying from heart disease over the 30 years of the study.

But that trend was most pronounc...

FRIDAY, Dec. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Pop! goes the New Year's corks -- and the bubbles that result might point to how high-quality your champagne is, researchers say.

"We came across the idea that bubbles play an important role in the quality of a sparkling wine," said study lead researcher Kyle Spratt, from the Applied Research Laboratories at the University of Texas at Austin.<...

FRIDAY, Dec. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Excess drinking on New Year's Eve can lead to a painful morning after, with no sure-fire cure available. But helpful strategies for treating a hangover do exist.

Hangover symptoms -- headache, nausea and dizziness -- occur when the body withdraws from alcohol and a chemical called acetaldehyde is produced, Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency phys...

THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You love social gatherings, but you're not a social drinker.

Peer pressure can make it harder when you want to abstain for health or religious reasons, for instance. And while you might be OK telling one or two people about your reasons for not drinking, you probably don't want to repeat it multiple times at a party or share it with a busine...

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Wonder why people seem to be drinking more these days? Perhaps it's the size of their wine glass.

British researchers suggest there's a connection between the rise in drinking -- especially wine -- in the U.K. since the 1960s and expanding wine glass sizes since the 1990s.

They noted that wine glass volume has increased seven-fol...

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Raising one particular tax just might have a public health benefit.

The tax in question? States' alcohol excise tax.

In the United States, those taxes have not kept pace with inflation, which could limit their public health benefits, researchers report.

In inflation-adjusted dollars, the average state alcohol excise tax...

MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With the traditional flood of holiday parties and festivities approaching, chances to drink excessively increase. So, what to do?

Start by taking a closer look, now, at your drinking habits, one mental health expert suggests.

"The holidays generate both positive and negative emotions, and drinking is one of the methods that people oft...

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Using marijuana when you have HIV could lead to problems with brain function if you also abuse alcohol or drugs, a new study finds.

"People with HIV infection have many reasons to have cognitive dysfunction, from the virus itself to medications for HIV infection and related conditions, particularly as they age," said lead researcher Richard Sa...

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The booze you choose can frequently steer your mood, according to a new global survey.

About half of those who drink red wine and beer said it makes them feel relaxed and mellow, results from the Global Drug Survey show. Roughly two of five beer drinkers said the suds make them feel confident, while one-quarter of red wine drinkers said the...

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Don't want to look old before your time?

A new study suggests that heavy drinking and smoking -- besides posing serious health risks -- make people look older than they actually are.

The research tracked more than 11,500 Danish adults, aged 21 to 93, for an average of nearly 12 years. Women consumed, on average, 2.6 alcoholic drink...

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A powerful psychedelic drug out of South America might help battle both depression and alcoholism, a new British survey suggests.

Ayahuasca is a brew made from a combination of Amazonian plants, including the Psychotria viridis bush and the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, said study author Will Lawn. "It is thought to have been used ...

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Burnout is common among medical residents training to be surgeons, putting them at increased risk for alcohol abuse, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts, a new study suggests.

But a stress-countering technique called mindfulness may help them, the study authors added.

"Surgical trainees live in a culture where high stress is ...

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The American dream of success is a lot harder to attain for teenagers who use pot and alcohol, especially if they become substance abusers, a new study reports.

Teen pot smokers and drinkers struggle to achieve some of the hallmarks of adult success, including obtaining a college degree, getting married, holding down a full-time job and earning...

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Having an alcoholic parent may increase the risk that a teen will commit dating violence, researchers say.

Their new study also found that the root causes of teen dating violence may be planted as early as infancy.

"Although teen dating violence is typically viewed as a problem related specifically to adolescent development, our fin...

MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Frequent college binge drinking markedly lowers the chances of landing a full-time job upon graduation, a new study suggests.

Examining alcohol consumption's effect on first-time employment, researchers found drinking heavily six times a month cut the chances a new graduate would find a job by 10 percent. And each episode of binge-drinking in a...

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Use of ride-sharing services such as Uber has prompted a drop in drunk-driving accidents in some American cities, a new report suggests.

But access to smartphone-connected drivers doesn't uniformly slash booze-related crashes, researchers found.

"Uber seems to affect crashes differently in different cities," said study author Chri...

MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- All the good news/bad news studies about alcohol can leave you confused. But research suggests that you still need to keep moderation in mind when you raise a glass.

You may have heard reports about red wine in particular, and the suggestion that it can boost health, especially heart health, because of its antioxidant resveratrol. According to ...

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Taxes, sales restrictions and other policies aimed at alcohol control appear to reduce the likelihood that murders and other violent crimes will be alcohol-related, according to a new study.

The researchers, from Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University, investigated whether alcohol policies had an impact on murders involving people ...

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Each year, thousands of Americans end up in hospital emergency rooms for problems that could have been avoided, new research shows.

The top causes of preventable ER visits in the United States include alcohol abuse, dental problems and mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety, the new study says.

ER visits could be re...

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Offering another take on the forces behind the last presidential election, a new study reveals a link between living in an area where life expectancy is lower and voting for Donald Trump.

Researchers have long associated lower life expectancy rates with poverty, lack of health insurance and unhealthy lifestyles.

The latest finding ...

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of drinking and alcohol abuse are increasing in the United States, especially among certain groups of people, a new study suggests.

"These increases constitute a public health crisis that may have been overshadowed by increases in much less prevalent substance use (marijuana, opiates and heroin) during the same period," the study autho...

MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Drug and alcohol abuse treatment for teens and young adults may be more effective when it includes a 12-step program similar to that used by Alcoholics Anonymous, a new report suggests.

The study at Massachusetts General Hospital's Center for Addiction Medicine in Boston lasted nine months, and included 59 people aged 14 to 21.

The re...

THURSDAY, July 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- After years of increases in binge drinking among the college crowd, new research shows those rates have now dropped.

Unfortunately, the reverse held true for young adults who did not go to college.

Between 1999 and 2005, binge drinking among college students jumped from 37 percent to 45 percent. But that trend reversed itself afte...

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teens and adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder may have a lower risk of developing an alcohol or drug problem if they take medications to treat their ADHD, a new study suggests.

"This study contributes to growing evidence that ADHD medication is linked to lower risk for many types of harmful behavior, including substance abuse,...

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 1 in 5 American adults deals with a mental illness or substance abuse problem each year, a U.S. government study says.

Oregon has the highest rate, and New Jersey the lowest, according to 2012-2014 data analyzed by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Overall, almost 44 million American...

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Animal research may have yielded a potential treatment for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in children.

Two common medications reversed memory and learning problems in rats exposed to alcohol while in the womb, according to researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago.

"We've shown you can interfere after the damage from alc...

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What are 12-step programs Since 1935 -- the year that Alcoholics Anonymous was founded -- millions of people have turned to 12-step programs to help them overcome often life-threatening addictions or self-destructive behaviors. The 12-step approach combines group support with specific activities or steps that are intended to move a person closer to recovery. The concept has expanded greatly since...

When it comes to teen drinking, parents would be wise not to look the other way. The consequences -- from drunk driving accidents to date rape and violent crime -- make it clear that teen drinking is much more than just harmless youthful experimentation. The damage done Ideally, no parent wants his or her teen to drink. First, it's illegal -- and according to the U.S. Department of Justice, 131...

What is alcohol abuse? Many people enjoy drinking alcohol in social settings or to relax. But sometimes people may find they're drinking too much. And when heavy drinking leads to health, work, or relationship problems, it's a form of alcohol abuse. Experts say that alcohol abuse is marked by one or more of the following problems: continuing to drink despite alcohol-related problems; indulging in ...

Casual drinking is a common ritual in our culture -- from campus keg parties, to a "beer and a dog" at the ballgame, to a nice bottle of wine on the dinner table. In countless advertisements, fun-loving youth frolic on the beach with beer cans in hand: To drink is to be happy, the tantalizing ads promise. But while it's hard to deny the pleasures of a gin and tonic on a lazy summer evening, for mi...

The drunken college freshman managed to crawl into the dormitory bathroom, but that's as far as he got. I found him lying in a toilet stall, barely coherent, with purplish vomit dripping down his chin. As the resident adviser (RA), I had to do something. But nobody ever taught me how to deal with alcohol poisoning, and I had never bothered to find out. I wiped off his face and let him lean on me a...

In March 2007, an 18-year-old college freshman at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, went into cardiac arrest after a night of heavy drinking at a campus fraternity. Thirty hours later, he was dead. In November 2006, an 18-year-old freshman with a blood alcohol content of 0.19 fell to his death from a fifth-floor balcony at the University of Texas. Two years earlier, another Univer...

You've heard the adage that "drinking and driving don't mix." But if you've ever been in a bar around closing time, you know that a lot of people haven't gotten the message. A report from researchers at Boston University estimates that Americans take about 820 million drives each year after drinking. Almost 20 percent -- 159 million -- of those drivers are legally drunk when they take the wheel. ...

In my mother's hospital room there was a single window, and if you stood before the window, you could see the Aerial Bridge. In Minnesota this is a famous bridge, often photographed on postcards, and around the bridge stretched Lake Superior, flat and pearled and vast as the sea. My mother told me over the telephone that she had a view of the lake. I was standing in my kitchen in California and wi...

If you're over 60, you may use alcohol in much the way you did when you were younger. You may have a glass of wine at a meal, a beer or two at a ball game, or a gin and tonic at a party with friends. And if your doctor says it's fine for you to drink, there's probably nothing wrong with it. But if you've found yourself feeling tense and irritable when you're not drinking, you may have a problem....

Is substance abuse a problem among seniors? While the nation wages war on marijuana, cocaine, and other street drugs, roughly one out of five seniors struggles with a different kind of substance abuse. The drugs that have them in their grip -- prescription medications and alcohol -- are perfectly legal, but that doesn't make the addictions any less devastating to older people and their families. ...

If you look carefully at liquor, beer, and wine bottles, you'll find a warning about drinking during pregnancy. But these cautionary labels don't tell the whole story. Alcohol has many effects on a woman's body -- effects that any mom-to-be should know. Take this short quiz to test your knowledge of alcohol and pregnancy. 1. What's generally considered to be the "safe" limit for drinking while...

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