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NEWS - News: Gene Makes Some Drink More When Other Boozers Are Around

WokeUpPosted by on Sunday, July 18, 2010 @ 11:40:58 CDT

Here’s some not-so-sobering news for party people, barhoppers and clubgoers. Individuals who inherit a particular gene variant that tweaks the brain’s reward system are especially likely to drink a lot of alcohol in the company of heavy-boozing peers.

That’s the preliminary indication of a new study directed by psychology graduate student Helle Larsen of Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. Adults carrying at least one copy of a long version of the dopamine D4 receptor gene, dubbed DRD4, imbibed substantially more alcohol around a heavy-drinking peer than did others who lacked that gene variant, Larsen’s group reports in a paper published online July 7 in Psychological Science.

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NEWS - News: Young Drinkers Risk Slowing Down Brain Power

JoAnnePosted by on Monday, May 31, 2010 @ 13:09:55 CDT

Drinking may harm adolescents' ability to concentrate and to understand spatial relationships. A recent study led by Susan Tapert at the University of California, San Diego compared the standardized test scores of 76 12 to 14 year old kids with their scores after about three years. At the three-year follow-up, 36 of the kids had begun drinking at moderate to heavy levels and 40 continued not using alcohol or other drugs. The study defined moderate to heavy drinking as drinking at least monthly and having three or more drinks at a time, or drinking less frequently, but having four or more drinks at a time. The kids in this study were consuming an average of about eight drinks per month by the time they reached the follow-up.

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NEWS - News: Joe Nichols Returns to Make 'Old Things New'

JoAnnePosted by on Sunday, January 03, 2010 @ 10:35:11 CST

In 2002, Joe Nichols released his first album for Universal South. 'Man with a Memory' was a resounding success with critics, and featured two smash hits, 'The Impossible' and 'Brokenheartsville,' a sweet, personal ballad and a humor- (and booze)- fueled honky-tonk tale, respectively. A string of hits, including Top 10s such as 'If Nobody Believed in You,' 'What's a Guy Gotta Do, and 'Size Matters (Someday)' followed, along with the chart-topping 'Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off.'

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NEWS - News: Hasselhoff taken to Hospital with Alcohol Poisoning

JoAnnePosted by on Monday, May 04, 2009 @ 20:08:16 CDT

May 3, 2009:  David Hasselhoff was taken to Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by his ex-wife after suffering from alcohol poisoning, celebrity Web site RadarOnline.com reports.

His daughter Hayley, 16, found him unconscious Saturday on the floor of his home in Encino, Calif., and called her mother, Pamela Bach, from whom Hasselhoff was bitterly divorced in 2006. Bach, who lives just 10 minutes away in Hollywood Hills, rushed over to drive him to the hospital where doctors saved his life.

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NEWS - News: Booze, Drugs, and Bipolar Disorder

JoAnnePosted by on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 @ 12:19:34 CDT

The mood swings, mania, panic, and deep depression experienced by people with bipolar disorder are hard enough to bear. But according to a 1990 study, 56% of bipolar patients also have a substance abuse problem, which can make treatment even more difficult.

Experts say that some bipolar patients are known to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol—though it's not recommended. In fact, they say, it does more harm than good.

"Using drugs or alcohol is usually a complicating problem because it reduces medication compliance," says Bryan K. Tolliver, MD, PhD, an addiction psychiatrist at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. "Bipolar patients who use [alcohol or drugs] have more frequent mood swings, more hospitalizations, longer hospitalizations, and higher rates of suicide attempts."

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