Alcohol Abuse

Study: Exercise Linked To Increased Alcohol Intake

Physical activity has been regarded as one way to ensure a healthy body and lifestyle. However, a recent study revealed that a person who moves around more has a higher tendency to drink more.

exercise alcohol abuseThe study, conducted by Northwestern University proponents led by David E. Conroy, attempted to figure out a trend between physical activity and alcohol consumption. The analysis was done on respondents between the ages of 18 and 89 who were asked to record their level of physical movement and their alcohol behavior over three periods at 21 days each.

Results showed that people had the tendency to do more physical activity on days to the weekend, particularly Thursday to Sunday. It is also on these days that the amount of alcohol consumed was high. “Monday through Wednesday people batten down the hatches and they cut back on alcohol consumption… but once that ‘social weekend’ kicks off on Thursdays, physical activity increases and so does alcohol consumption,” said Conroy in a news item.

The researchers said that the link between exercise and alcohol intake is not a direct cause-and-effect relationship. In fact, they recommend further studies about this link. “We need to figure out how to use physical activity effectively and safely without having the adverse effects of drinking more alcohol,” Conroy added.

The study may confound exercise enthusiasts who find physical activity to be a healthy plan. In fact, exercise is recommended for teenagers to prevent potential drug abuse.

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Celebrate National Recovery Month This September

If you or someone close to you is currently recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, this is the perfect time to make your voices heard and make the public aware of the struggles of recovery.

national recovery month september SAMHSASeptember is celebrated all around the U.S. as the National Recovery Month, which provides an opportune time to highlight the importance of early intervention and preventive measures to rescue people from their addictions. This year marks the 25th time that the campaign is being held, with the advocacy stretching to the awareness of mental disorders as well.

The theme for this year is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out,” which gives recovering addicts the chance to have their voices heard and express their struggles in recovering from drug and alcohol abuse. The campaign hopes to put a positive spin on the issue by emphasizing the significance of a person’s behavior to overall well-being, as well as the benefits of prevention and immediate treatment.

Several organizations are putting their full support on the campaign, including the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD), the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

If you want to support the campaign through a monetary donation, you may send them through this page at drugfree.org. You may also find more information about National Recovery Month from the SAMHSA website.

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Study: Effects of Alcohol and Marijuana on High School Seniors

The ongoing quest to pull away teenagers and students from substance abuse has never waned. This new study emphasizes the ill effects of alcohol and marijuana on high school seniors.

high school kidsAccording to researchers from the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research of New York University, teenagers who are about to graduate from high school were engaged in drunk driving cases due to alcohol abuse. “Compared to non-drinkers, frequent drinkers were over 13 times more likely to report that their alcohol use has led to unsafe driving,” said Dr. Joseph Palamar of NYU Langone Medical Center.

Frequent drinking also led to damaged relationships and feelings of regret and emotional instability especially in women.

Meanwhile, marijuana was reported in previous studies to be a better alternative than taking alcohol, but the study revealed that it was no better. “Marijuana users, compared to non-users, were three times more likely to report unsafe driving as a direct result of use,” Dr. Palamar said in a news release. In addition, seniors who engaged in frequent marijuana use were more than 20 times likely to engage in police-related incidents.

The study involved data from close to 7,500 high school seniors who used alcohol and marijuana from 2007 to 2011.

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Study: Teen Alcohol Abuse Mostly Triggered By Aggression

If you think anxiety and depressive tendencies lead teenagers to alcohol use, a new study confirms another factor that triggers alcoholism in teens.

teen alcohol abuseAccording to a study from the University of Finland, aggressive behavior leads teenagers to a greater likelihood of alcohol abuse. The age-old belief that anxious thoughts and depression lead people to drink more seems to not apply in the case of the younger generation. The tendency to drink more as a result of aggression was exhibited more in female teenagers than their male counterparts, according to a news report.

On the part of gender, female teens were also cited to be affected by divorce of parents, which could lead them to become heavy drinkers. Also an aggravating factor is an early menstrual bleeding.

The scope of the study included more than 4,000 teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18. Results of the study showed that 60 percent of the respondents admitted to taking alcohol, with more than half of them at 15 years of age.

In relation to U.S. settings, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) cited some of the factors leading to teen alcohol abuse: parental divorce, risk-taking behavior for the sake of peer acceptance, and parents who are likewise alcoholic. An effective alcohol intervention must be done on teens as soon as parents observe the behavior.

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Two Teenage Deaths Traced To Alcohol Abuse

Just this week, alcohol-related cases led to two separate teen fatalities:

  • teen alcohol abuseA teenager from Ottawa, Canada was stabbed to death after figuring in a post-prom night brawl. According to a news item, 18-year-old Brandon Volpi died from fatal stab wounds after helping a friend who was in a fight with fellow students. Reports said that the teenagers involved in the incident were drunk before they arrived at the scene of the crime, outside the Les Suites Hotel. Ottawa authorities are now looking for the male suspect who stabbed Volpi to his death.
  • A head-on vehicular collision in Delaware claimed the life of 18-year-old Zachary Rogers. The victim’s Pontiac Sunfire crashed against a Ford Escort driven by Estanislao Lopez-Berduo, 27, who also died due to the accident. A news report revealed that Delaware law enforcement personnel are currently looking into the angle that Lopez-Berduo was drunk driving when the crash occurred.

These recent cases are just two of the many reported incidents linked to alcohol abuse.

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Divorce or Alcohol Abuse of Parents Linked To More Suicide Attempts in Children

Based on a recent study on individuals whose parents are engaged in alcohol abuse, 85 percent are most likely to commit suicide than those who grew up in families that do not overuse alcohol. Meanwhile, another study reveals that suicide attempts for those individuals whose parents were separated increased by 14 percent.

child depressionSurprisingly the number of suicide attempts for children whose parents are divorced and involved in alcohol abuse did not increase.

According to Dr. Dana Alonzo, study lead author from Columbia University, they found out that those people whose parents were alcoholic or divorced are keener to commit suicide than those individuals who belong to good families.

Based on the study of 43,093 individuals aged 18 years old and above, a total of 13,753 participants disclosed that they are experiencing acute depression and 1,073 of them even tried to commit suicide. According to a news release, researchers also found out that of those who attempted suicide 25 percent belongs to broken families, while 46 percent are siblings of one or both parents who are alcoholic.

In the case of those who experienced both drunkenness and divorce, expert says the reason why there is lesser suicide attempts might be due to low exposure of hostility inside their home as both parents have divorced “or” it could be that the children with an alcoholic parent already accepted the fact that their parents will soon split up due to conflict and alcoholism.

Participants of this research were assessed based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM) wherein they were asked to answer criteria for their depression.

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