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Donnerstag 15. April 2010 von htm

www.alkoholpolitik.ch                Newsletter March/April 2010 (issued 04/15/10)

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Introduction to the newsletter mailing

The social revolution by the US Healthcare Reform Law brings a “ground-breaking expansion of addiction and mental health coverage of prevention, treatment and recovery.” It’s really wonderful. (“Yes, he can!”)

The British and the Australian Governments plan to reduce the BAC-limits to 0.05 and 0.02 percent. Nevertheless, the British situation with elections ahead doesn’t seem to be very clear. Now the Government started a big awareness campaign. Do they evaluate the results? From Thomas Babor and his colleagues we know that this sort of prevention is not very successful. Their “Alcohol – No ordinary Commodity” is coming out in a new edition, with updated figures in May.

Now we are looking forward to the WHO General Assembly and hope the best. It will be up to the national Governments to take up the proposed measures and start a new era in public health and society.


US Healthcare Reform Law Gives Big Boost to Addiction Treatment and Prevention 12. April 2010
The bill signed into law by President Obama on March 23 includes addiction and mental health services in its basic benefits package and is being broadly praised by treatment, prevention and recovery leaders.
According to an analysis from the Legal Action Center (LAC), the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR 3590) requires a basic benefit package for all health plans in the individual market and small-group markets. “All such plans will be required to cover mental health and substance use disorder services,” according to LAC, which said the measure represents a “ground-breaking expansion of addiction and mental health coverage of prevention, treatment and recovery.” (Source: Join Together, 4/9/10)

Updated edition of “Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity 10. April 2010
Here the start of the description on the website of Oxford University Press USA:
Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity – Research and Public Policy Second Edition is a collaborative effort by an international group of addiction scientists to improve the linkages between addiction science and alcohol policy. It presents, in a comprehensive, practical, and readily accessible form, the accumulated scientific knowledge on alcohol research that has a direct relevance to the development of alcohol policy on local, national, and international levels. … More details here. Comment: This is the updated version of the standard book on alcohol policy by Thomas Babor et al. It is well-timed for the General Assembly of the World Health Organisation in May, when the Resolution on an Alcohol Strategy will be discussed.

EU-Committee: No nutritional declaration for alcoholic beverages 6. April 2010
On Tuesday, 16th March the European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety voted on the EC Proposed regulation on the provision on food information to consumers.
MEPs voted to exclude alcoholic beveragres from the mandatory nutritional declaration requirement (Article 29). Eurocare is disappointed that the EU Parliament Committee rejected an obligation to tell consumers what ingredients or the amount of calories or carbohydrates that are in alcoholic beverages. Eurocare hopes that the EP plenary will overturn this decision when it votes in May and calls on the European Parliament to prioritise the health needs of European citizens. (Source: Eurocare Newsletter February/March 2010)

The Social Cost of Alcohol at the European Parliament 6. April 2010
Eurocare organised succesful event on the Social Cost of Alcohol at the European Parliament.
See here the reports and presentations. (Source: Eurocare Newsletter February/March 2010)

EU: New Director General for Health and Consumers 31. März 2010
Paola Testori Coggi has been promoted from 1 April to Director General, leading the health and consumer portfolio in Brussels (and Luxembourg and Grange, Ireland), in succession to Robert Madelin. EU, 3/31/2010

The British Government plans to lower the legal limit 19. März 2010
THE government has signalled that it plans to cut the drink driving limit to less than a pint of beer or a glass of wine. Lord Adonis, the transport secretary, expects an official review of the law to recommend reducing the legal limit from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg. He said he would take this “very seriously” and added: “A strong case has been made to have a lower limit.” (Source: Harvard World Health News, 3/18/10) timesonline.co.uk, 3/14/10

Australian State Considers Lowering BAC to .02 Percent 19. März 2010
Drivers in Norway and Sweden caught behind the wheel with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) higher than .02 percent can face drunk-driving charges, and now the Australian state of Queensland, where it currently is .05 percent, is considering a similar standard. Officials said research shows that such a move could cut road deaths by 11 percent. The AAP reported March 15 that Australia’s prime minister said the proposal should be considered nationally, and some public-health experts said the change was needed to cut highway deaths and send the message that drunk driving would not be tolerated. (Source: Join Together, 3/17/10)


Club Health Conference 7-9 June 2010 Zurich 10. April 2010
The Club Health Conference addresses national and international experts from the harm reduction, prevention and health promotion domains and provides a unique opportunity to exchange the latest scientific knowledge, political efforts, project proposals and experiences. … The Conference begins with a “Swiss satellite” opening session. (Source: Infodrog Newsletter No. 12) Conference Website

EU: European Alcohol and health Forum 9. April 2010
Sixth plenary meeting, Brussels, 11 March 2010. EU-news, 4/9/10
* Agenda pdf – 74 KB [74 KB] Translations. * Summary report pdf – 95 KB [95 KB] Translations.
Presentations The Campaign for Smarter Drinking pdf – 2 MB [2 MB] Translations.
Extension of the remits of SR to digital marketing communications pdf – 342 KB [342 KB] Translations.

EU-Seminar on Youth drinking and binge drinking, 2/25/10 9. April 2010
New presentation added, 4/8/10

Austria: Number of teens poisoned by alcohol rising 8. April 2010
Alcohol poisoning among Austrian teenagers rose from 2,120 in 2006 to 2,577 in 2008, health ministry figures show. (Source: Google Alcohol Alert, 4/7/10) wienerzeitung.at, 4/2/10

Eurocare-Newsletter February/March 2010 6. April 2010
The Newsletter is available here.

USA: More Town Hall Meetings on Underage Drinking 5. April 2010
More Town Hall Meetings Than Ever Being Held Across America To Address The Dangers Of Underage Drinking. In recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month in April, communities throughout the nation are conducting town hall meetings to discuss what can be done to prevent and reduce underage drinking. This year more than 1,700 community-based organizations will conduct town hall meetings across the country up from 1,500 in 2008, the last time this national event took place. (Source: Medical News Today, 4/2/10)

USA: Support Assembly Bill 1694 and Charge for Harm! 2. April 2010
On Tuesday, April 6, 2010, the California Assembly Health Committee will vote one more time on AB 1694 (Beall, San Jose), a bill to collect a reasonable 5 cents per drink fee from Big Alcohol, to fund California’s Alcohol-Related Services Program. … Click the link below to log in and send your message:

Market Values, Human Values, and the Lives of Children 1. April 2010
Consuming Kids Summit. Wheelock College, Boston, April 8-10, 2010
The values children learn in the marketplace – excessive consumption, impulsive buying, and unthinking brand loyalty – are antithetical to healthy development, independent thinking, spirituality, community, and democracy. What happens to childhood — and society — when market values trump human values? How can we make a difference?…(Source: Marin Institute, 3/30/10) commercialfreechildhood.org, 3/30/10

US-State Governments Neglect Beer Taxes 1. April 2010
With colored-coded maps published online today, Marin Institute illustrates how inflation has decreased the value of low beer taxes, while state budget shortfalls have exploded.
“Amazingly, six states have not raised beer taxes in more than fifty years,” stated Marin Institute’s Research and Policy Director Michele Simon. “More than half the states have not raised beer excise taxes in at least two decades. … (Source: Marin Institute, 3/30/10)

EU: Seminar on Youth drinking and binge drinking, Reports 31. März 2010
Seminar on Youth drinking and binge drinking, 25 February 2010 – Summary report and presentations available. Released: 31 March 2010

‘Floatopia’ Defies Beach Alcohol Ban 26. März 2010
Beachgoers in California have found a simple solution to a local ban on drinking alcohol on the beach: imbibing on floats a few feet from the shore. NBC News reported March 21 that more than 10,000 people were expected to attend a party called “Floatopia” this weekend in Pacific Beach and elsewhere in San Diego, where alcohol was banned in 2008….(Source: Join Together, 3/25/10) Comment: Lawmakers should always think on additional measures which would avoid such evasion. And also adjust the budget for enough controls.

USA: Health care reform bill 101 and you 26. März 2010
President Obama is set to sign the health care reform bill into law this week. But what is in it? What does it mean to you? The Monitor explains the bill in plain English. …The outlines of the bill are now clear. Here is the Monitor’s comprehensive look at what is in the health care bill and how it might affect you. .. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 3/25/10) csmonitor.com, 3/22/10

FAS Declines Among Alaska Natives 21. März 2010
A federally funded treatment and prevention program is being credited with a 32-percent decline in fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) cases among Native Americans in Alaska, the Anchorage Daily News reported Feb. 19.
The $29-million program, which also included a multimedia education campaign, “did turn the corner,” said Diane Casto of the state Division of Behavioral Health. “What we know about prevention … (Source: Join Together, 3/18/10)

European Alcohol and Health Forum, “Alcohol Library” Update 19. März 2010
Alcohol Library, European Alcohol and Health Forum, “Alcohol Library”: List of documents, 3/18/10

Cut Speed And Drink Driving, Say Doctors, Northern Ireland 19. März 2010
Doctors yesterday (Tuesday, 16 March 2010) welcomed the launch of the DOE consultation on a new road safety strategy. Dr Paul Darragh, Chairman of the BMA’s Northern Ireland Council said, “Doctors deal with the horrific aftermath of road traffic accidents on a daily basis, and believe that a new road safety strategy is important to continue to build on what has already been achieved. (Source: Medical News Today, 3/17/10)

EU: 3rd Open Forum on Alcohol and Health 17. März 2010
Within the framework of the European Alcohol and Health Forum a 3rd Open Forum will be held in Brussels (Charlemagne Building of the European Commission) on 22 April 2010 from 10h00 till 17h00. … If you wish to participate you can register on line at www.openforum.alcoholandhealthmeetings.eu

NL: Conference on alcohol and health 17. März 2010
This conference provides an overview of the state-of-the-art scientific knowledge about the effects of alcohol on physical health. Leading international scientists will elaborate on their findings regarding the effects of alcohol on heart, brains and liver and the relation of alcohol and cancer. Furthermore, the public message with respect to alcohol and health will be discussed.
Start: Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010; Organisation: STAP (Dutch institute for alcohol policy) Location: Amsterdam. Preliminary programme (Source: SFA-ISPA)

USA: MBTA Exposes Massachusetts Youth to Alcohol 16. März 2010
Ads Enticing Them to Drink. Youth Demand State Ban on Alcohol Ads on Their “School Buses”.
Boston, MA (March 15, 2010) — Demonstrators will gather March 16th, 2010, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Boston Common, across from the State House, to show public support for ending alcohol advertising on state property, including the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), which serves as the public transit system for Greater Boston…. (Source: Marin Institute, 3/15/10)

Lobbyists Descend on Washington State to Keep Caffeine in Alcohol 16. März 2010
Lobbyists don’t need to hide behind curtains—we’ve seen how their machinations can kill bills in broad daylight–but the industry reps who testified in Washington State recently against a bill to ban alcoholic energy drinks such as JOOSE, Liquid Charge, and Four Loko can only called the Wizards of Odd for the statements they made in defense of their companies’ dangerous products. (Source: Marin Institute, 3/9/10)

Apolo Anton Ohno at Greenwood Athletic Club for prevention 9. März 2010
Apolo Anton Ohno, the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian in history and star of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, (eight-record breaking Olympic medals in short-track speed skating) has partnered with The Century Council and its Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix program. Today in Greenwood Village, Ohno, in conjunction with the newly formed Apolo Anton Ohno Foundation, began a five-city tour to schools throughout the U.S. encouraging kids to say “YES” to a healthy lifestyle and “NO” to underage drinking. The Apolo Anton Ohno Foundation, established by the eight-time Olympic medalist, will focus on providing youth of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds with the opportunity to play sports, be active and learn about the benefits of making responsible and positive choices. (Source: Medical News Today, 3/8/10)

EU-Drug Addiction Prevention Project 9. März 2010
For the first time a made in Europe youth drug prevention project was developed and tested thanks to funding from the European Commission. After six years the European Drug Addiction Prevention Project has ended and has left behind an effective program to prevent the use of drugs. In short, EU-Dap developed and tested a school-based alcohol, tobacco and drugs prevention program in seven European countries. The drug prevention program named Unplugged is still being used today by not only the EU-Dap study group but also many other countries beyond Europe. The EU-Dap school materials named Unplugged are available free of charge. … Please visit www.eudap.net to download these free materials.

Maryland, USA: Support for Alcohol Tax Increase 8. März 2010
Poll: Maryland Residents Support Alcohol Tax Increase to Support Treatment. A poll commissioned by the Maryland chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence found that 72 percent of state residents back a proposed 10-cent-per-drink tax if the revenues were used to pay for addiction treatment, services for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled, and healthcare for uninsured residents. (Source: Join Together, 3/5/10)

Project Shows Youngsters How To ‘Side Step’ Alcohol Misuse, UK 6. März 2010
‘Side Stepping Alcohol Misuse’, an alcohol awareness project run by London Active Communities and Premier Rugby, is due to kick off across the country this month after receiving £100,000 funding from the charity, Drinkaware. The ground-breaking new youth inclusion project will see specially trained community staff from Premiership Rugby Clubs and local youth workers deliver sports-based alcohol education to young people aged 13 to 19. The programme will target hard to reach and disadvantaged communities in 12 areas, including Newcastle, Leeds and London. (Source: Medical News Today, 3/5/10)

USA: Walgreens Drug Store Wants to Sell Alcohol in Indiana 4. März 2010
Liquor stores are suing and neighbors are complaining as the Walgreens pharmacy chain seeks permits to sell alcohol at its stores in Indiana, the Indianapolis Star reported Feb. 27. Walgreens stopped selling alcohol about a decade ago but wants to resume such sales in central Indiana. Opponents in Indianapolis and other areas say that the area already is oversaturated with alcohol outlets, and the state’s beverage retailers have filed suit over the issue. (Source: Join Together, 3/3/10)

W. Va. Alcohol Tax Bill Dies in Legislature 2. März 2010
A measure that would have raised the alcohol tax in West Virginia and used the revenues to pay for addiction treatment and prevention programs has been killed. The Charleston Gazette reported Feb. 24 that the bill died in a legislative committee. However, lawmakers separately approved a pair of bills that would put a $300-million cap on Medicaid spending and dedicate any excess to paying for addiction services. Some estimates put the reserve amount at $60 million. The bill had called for raising the beer tax from 2 cents per bottle to 7 cents. (Source: Join Together, 3/1/10)

U.K.: Alcohol’s Hidden Effects Revealed In New NHS Campaign 2. März 2010
A new 6 million pound NHS campaign to reveal alcohol’s hidden effects warns people of the unseen damage caused by regularly drinking more than the advised limits and highlights drinkers’ affected organs while they sup their drink in the pub or at home. The campaign was launched recently by Public Health Minister, Gillian Merron. It forms part of a government-wide strategy to tackle the harmful effects of alcohol and is backed by major health charities. (Source: Medical News Today, 3/1/10) Online-Comment: I have been wondering for some time already why people in the U.K. get the advise to drink double the amount of alcohol as advised in other countries on the continent. Is it the climate or the good relations between alcohol industry and government?

Colleges Step Up Parental Notification of Alcohol Incidents 1. März 2010
A growing number of colleges are alerting parents whenever their children under age 21 are involved in alcohol-related incidents at school. Previously, schools like Virginia Tech would only inform parents if the student’s alcohol use resulted in arrest or a hospital visit. …Colleges also have realized that parents can be very effective in changing student drinking behavior. “Students are more concerned about their parents being notified than they are of the legal consequences,” said Edward Spencer, vice president for student affairs at Virginia Tech. (Source: Join Together, 2/26/10)


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: High Prevalence Of Epilepsy 8. April 2010
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) refers to a range of negative developmental outcomes that result from maternal drinking during pregnancy. Children with FASD can suffer from many problems, including epilepsy, a disorder characterized by spontaneous recurrence of unprovoked seizures that affects 0.6 percent of the general population. A new study has found a much higher prevalence of epilepsy or history of seizures in individuals with FASD. (Source: Medical News Today, 4/7/10)

Your Drinking Habits Are Affected By People You Don’t Know 8. April 2010
A new study found that the influence of your friends and people you have connections with can affect your health just as much as your family history or your genetic background. According to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine the drinking habits of the people in your extended social group can determine if you’re likely to drink heavily or not at all. The study found a person was 50% more likely to drink heavily if a person they are directly connected with also drinks heavily. …(Source: Medical News Today, 4/7/10)

Measures Of Genetic Risk For Alcohol Dependence Simplified 8. April 2010
While previous twin studies have consistently shown the importance of genetic influences on various measures of alcohol consumption, a full diagnostic assessment can be complicated and lengthy. This has led some researchers to ask: To what extent do measures of alcohol consumption accurately index the genetic risk for alcohol dependence (AD)? Findings indicate that four relatively simple measures of alcohol consumption were able to capture all (in women) or a very large proportion (in men) of the genetic risk for AD. (Source: Medical News Today, 4/6/10)

Addiction Linked to 9 of Top 10 Causes of Death in Alaska 7. April 2010
Nine of the 10 leading causes of death in Alaska — all but Alzheimer’s disease — include alcohol, tobacco or other drug addiction as an underlying cause, the Juneau Empire reported March 15.
Smoking, for example, is a leading cause of cancer, heart disease and stroke, while alcohol use can contribute to diabetes and injuries, and addiction, in general, can underlie suicide. (Source: Join Together, 4/5/10)

Peer substance use overestimation among French university students 30. März 2010
Normative misperceptions have been widely documented for alcohol use among U.S. college students. There is less research on other substances or European cultural contexts. This study explores which factors are in association with alcohol, tobacco and cannabis use misperceptions among French college students, focusing on substance use. Source: biomedcentral.com, 3/29/10

USA: 27.6% of 12- to 20-Year-Olds are Current Drinkers 29. März 2010
Federal data show that 27.6 percent of 12- to 20-year-olds in the U.S. drank alcohol during the past month, with underage drinking especially prevalent in New England and the upper Midwest, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Past-month underage-drinking rates were highest in North Dakota (40.6 percent) and Vermont (40.4 percent), and lowest in Utah (13.7 percent). Researchers found that 8.6 percent of underage drinkers were able to purchase their own… (Source: Join Together, 3/26/10) Comment: If the 8.6% are correct, than they are much better than in Mid-Europe.

Alcohol Use Related to Poor Food Choices 29. März 2010
Gorging on greasy bar snacks often accompanies a night of drinking, and a new federal study shows that the more people drink, the worse their food choices, UPI reported March 25. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) study found that as alcohol consumption rose, fruit consumption declined and caloric intake increased among men and women. Male drinkers also tended to eat fewer whole grains and drink less milk. (Source: Join Together, 3/26/10 )

US-Survey on Underage Drinking 27. März 2010
More than a quarter of youth aged 12-20 (27.6 percent) drank alcohol in the past month, according to a survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The study shows that the underage drinking rates were as high as 40 percent in some states such as North Dakota and Vermont. In a major effort to combat the epidemic of underage drinking, SAMHSA and the Ad Council today launched a new series of national public service advertisements to encourage parents to talk to their children about drinking alcohol at an early age. … (Source: Medical News Today, 3/26/10)

Diagnostic Test For Alcohol Use 26. März 2010
Measuring a set of protein changes in the blood linked to alcohol use may potentially lead to a more accurate diagnostic test than those currently available, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. “The challenge in alcohol abuse as opposed to substance abuse — things like cocaine or heroin or PCP — is that alcohol is a perfectly legal substance for those over 21,” said Willard M. Freeman, Ph.D., department of pharmacology and lead investigator…. (Source: Medical News Today, 3/25/10)

Next-Day Student Test-Taking After Binge Drinking 26. März 2010
In a first-of-its kind controlled experiment, researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and Brown University have found that surprisingly, binge drinking the night before a test does not impact college students’ test performance – although it can affect their moods, attention and reaction times. (Source: Medical News Today, 3/25/10)

Studies Affirm Heart Health Benefits of Moderate Drinking 25. März 2010
A new study of about 250,000 Americans gave new support to the claim that moderate alcohol consumption benefits coronary health, but this study and a new research review both conclude that heavier drinking confers no health benefits, Reuters reported March 23.
…(Source: Join Together, 3/24/10) Our online-comment: It is always the same: No informations on “Who are the abstainers?”, the social aspect, the lifestyle. We cannot see if the Mukamal group used studies which were shown as uncorrect by the big meta-analysis of Kaye Fillmore.

Study Cites Maternal Influences on Youth Drinking 25. März 2010
Mothers who enforce discipline over their young teens can prevent their kids from drinking, according to a new Australian study. Reuters reported March 19 that study author Rosa Alati of the University of Queensland and colleagues looked at the degree of maternal parental control and relationship changes as related to teen alcohol use. They found that problem drinking risk was doubled among teens whose mothers exerted low control and changed relationship partners twice or more. (Source: Join Together, 3/24/10)

New Lab Puts Manchester To The Test 24. März 2010
Manchester is set to become the worldwide centre for excellence in hair testing for alcohol and drug abuse with the launch of a new laboratory at the Hexagon Tower science park in Blackley.
The state-of-the-art facility, being opened this week (w/c 22.3.10) by London-based Trimega Laboratories, will test hair samples from around the world to provide accurate historical records of someone’s intake of drink or drugs up to 12 months prior. (Source: Medical News Today, 3/23/10)

Report Highlights Alcohol Abstainers, Quitters and Current Drinkers 24. März 2010
A new federal report may not show how many Americans are in recovery from alcoholism, but it does provide interesting insights into the number of adults who have quit drinking or abstain for health and other reasons. … (Source: Join Together, 3/23/10)

The Science Of Why Girls Can’t Drink Alcohol Like Boys 21. März 2010
Before Spring Break: Explain The Science Of Why Girls Can’t Drink Alcohol Like Boys.
Spring break is here and many teenage girls may be tempted to take their first drink. The Science Inside Alcohol Project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science suggests that parents, teachers and caregivers help girls delay that first drink by telling them what scientific research shows regarding their ability to handle alcohol compared to boys. …(Source: Medical News Today, 3/19/10)

Joint Role Of Obesity And Alcohol In Increasing The Risk Of Liver Disease 13. März 2010
Obesity and alcohol act together to increase the risk of liver disease in both men and women according to two studies published on bmj.com today. These findings have significant clinical and public health implications. (Source: Medical News Today, 3/12/10) Comment: This is a good answer to the study yesterday: “Women who drink moderately appear to gain less weight”

Women Who Drink Moderately Appear To Gain Less Weight 12. März 2010
Normal-weight women who drink a light to moderate amount of alcohol appear to gain less weight and have a lower risk of becoming overweight and obese than non-drinkers, according to a report in the March 8 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (Source: Medical News Today, 3/11/10) Online-Comment: Who else – except the alcohol industrie – could be interested in such a “study”? Siehe auch diesen Video-Kommentar

New: European Society for Prevention Research 9. März 2010
18 November 2009 marked the start of the EU-SPR. A Meeting in Rome founded the Society. See Website

Moderate Drinking Before Trauma Leads To More Flashbacks 5. März 2010
People who have drunk a moderate amount of alcohol before a traumatic event report more flashbacks than those who have had no alcohol, according to new research at UCL (University College London). The results may give new insight into why some individuals develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a traumatic event and others do not. Published online in the journal Biological Psychiatry, researchers also found that those who drank a large amount of alcohol before a traumatic event did not report an increase in the number of flashbacks. (Source: Medical News Today, 3/4/10)

Four Neurobiological and genetic studies on alcohol 3. März 2010
Anterior Cingulate Cortex Activity May Represent A Neurobiological Risk For Alcohol Dependence
Previous research has found that activation of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) is associated with risk factors for alcohol use disorders – such as low alcohol effects and positive alcohol expectations – among adolescents.
Genome-Wide Study Of Alcohol Dependence Points To Chromosome 11
Alcohol dependence (AD) is a complex disease for which both genetic and environmental factors affect susceptibility. Previous research had identified several genes associated with AD through linkage analysis or candidate-gene approaches.
Increasing Dissolved Oxygen Concentrations In Alcohol May Reduce Negative Side Effects
Oxygen for ethanol oxidation is supplied through breathing, the stomach, and the skin. There is a great deal of genetic and environmental variability in the pharmacokinetics of alcohol absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination.
Use Of Gene Networks Instead Of Individual Genes To Examine Alcohol Use Disorders
Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are influenced by multiple genetic, environmental and behavioral factors, which makes it difficult to find individual genetic markers to help identify those at risk of developing AUDs. (Source: Medical News Today, 3/2/10)
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