Posts tagged with ‘Addiction Research’

Addiction research is the study of addiction to drugs and alcohol for the purpose of finding new and better ways to treat people who suffer from chemical dependency or compulsive behaviors such as gambling addiction and sexual addiction. Some major addiction research organizations include The National Institute on Drug Abuse and The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Does Living Closer to the Bar Increase Your Risk of Alcohol Abuse?

A recent Finnish study suggests that people who live close to businesses that serve alcohol are more likely to develop behaviors considered risky compared to those who are far removed from such establishments. Full Story

Gender Differences Affecting Alcohol Dependence

Alcohol dependence is caused by a number of factors, including genetics, environment and personal experience. Scientists know that men and women struggle with alcohol dependence at different rates, but understanding the cause of the difference has been difficult – that is, until the results of a recent study provided new clues about the way men and women differ in genetic responses to alcohol. Full Story

Study of Gambling Behavior Could Help Researchers Understand How People Make Choices

A specific area of the brain may be responsible for a gambler’s activities and decisions, and could help researchers understand why people make decisions in other areas of their lives. Full Story

Risky Drinking Among Older Adults

 A new study by researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has found that more than a third of drinkers 60 years old and older consume amounts of alcohol that are excessive or that are potentially harmful in combination with certain diseases they may have or medications they may be taking.

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Study Finds College Students Addicted to Media

Describing their feelings during a 24-hour assignment in which they abstained from all media use, 200 Maryland college students used some of the same terms associated with drug addiction: in withdrawal; frantically craving; jittery; crazy.

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Sleep Deficiency in Childhood Can Lead to Drug and Alcohol Abuse

According to a study by Idaho State University’s psychology department, childhood sleep deficiency can lead to drug and alcohol abuse among young adults.

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Increasing Neurogenesis Could Prevent Drug Addiction and Relapse

pResearchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center hope they have begun paving a new pathway in the fight against drug dependence. Their hypothesismdash;that increasing the normally occurring process of making nerve cells might prevent addictionmdash;is based on a rodent study demonstrating that blocking new growth of specific brain nerve cells increases vulnerability for cocaine addiction and relapse./p Full Story