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Nashville Universities, Police and Bars Crack Down on Underage, Binge Drinking

College students out-drink other young people, often with disastrous consequences, and schools and officials are fighting back. The goal is to change the culture of college drinking, to prevent underage drinking and limit dangerous binge drinking. The issue of binge-drinking students is not new, but the recent newsworthy stories of sexual assaults and other kinds of violence committed on college campuses have given the issue of heavy and underage drinking a new urgency.

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Vitamin D Deficiency Greatly Increases Risk for Alcoholic Hepatitis

New findings from a team of French researchers point to a substantial increase in alcoholic hepatitis risks in alcohol-dependent people with severe vitamin D deficiencies.

Significant numbers of people who routinely consume excessive amounts of alcohol will develop alcoholic hepatitis, one of three interrelated conditions jointly known as alcoholic liver disease. In a study published in May 2015 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, researchers from three French institutions assessed the impact that a serious vitamin D deficiency has on the alcoholic hepatitis risks of any person affected by diagnosable alcohol dependence (i.e., alcoholism). These researchers identified major vitamin D deficiency in the target population group as a unique alcoholic hepatitis risk factor.

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Risks for Cirrhosis Pass Through Family Bloodlines

New evidence from a multinational research team points to the existence of a genetic component in the chances that any given alcohol consumer will develop a severe form of alcoholic liver disease known as alcoholic cirrhosis.

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More Americans Are Becoming Heavy Drinkers

A recent study maps out drinking county-by-county in the United States and finds that there are big variations in drinking patterns across the country, with binge drinking and other heavy drinking patterns on the rise overall. Published in the American Journal of Public Health, the study finds that heavy drinking among Americans is up more than 17 percent since 2005. By understanding where drinking is a problem, efforts to prevent drinking and to intervene can be more targeted.

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Signs That It’s Time to Quit Drinking

As an adult, you may feel that consuming alcoholic beverages is your right. Drinking helps you relax. It lowers your inhibitions and helps you feel connected to others in social circles. You admit that you sometimes drink a little more than you should, but who hasn’t? Everyone you know has overindulged on one or more occasions, and you try to tell yourself that your behavior isn’t any worse than that of other people.

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Need Help With a Loved One With a Drinking Problem? Look Online

When the love of your life has a drinking problem, it becomes your problem, too. Being the partner of a person addicted to alcohol increases your risk of experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, relationship turmoil and emotional and physical abuse. If you feel like you’re all alone with these concerns, it only compounds the risk.

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Binge Drinking Deaths More Common in Older Men

We often assume that binge drinking is a problem associated with young people—the underage millennials guzzling Four Lokos—but in reality, deaths from alcohol poisoning are more common in older men, according to CDC data. It seems we have been putting too much emphasis on the problem of excessive drinking among youth and missing the true problem—alcoholism among older adults—in the process.

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Alcoholics Prone to Gambling, Sex and Shopping Addictions

New research from a team of Italian and Swiss scientists indicates that people affected by alcohol use disorder (alcoholism and/or alcohol abuse) have substantially increased chances of developing the symptoms of a non-substance-related behavioral addiction.

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Snus Use Steeply Increases Odds for Alcoholism

Use of the smokeless tobacco product snus can sharply increase the chances that an adult will develop alcoholism by the time he or she reaches middle age, according to new research findings from a team of Swedish scientists.

Consumption of nicotine/tobacco in the form of cigarettes is firmly linked to increased odds for the eventual development of physical alcohol dependence (commonly known as alcoholism). In a study published in February 2015 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from several branches of Sweden’s Umea University explored the potential connection between alcohol dependence and the use of a form of smokeless tobacco called snus. These researchers concluded that snus use substantially increases the risks for developing this condition during middle age.

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What Do You Think “Average” Drinking Is?

When it comes to many behaviors, people often don’t have an accurate idea of the choices that others are making. Teenagers may think that their fellow students use their seat belts less often than they actually do, and men who abuse their romantic partners may overestimate how many other men do the same. A new study adds to the notion that people who drink excessively often don’t have a realistic sense of how much alcohol their peers are drinking.

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