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Survey: Teen Drug, Alcohol Use Down

Thu Jul 18, 2002

WASHINGTON (AP) - Grown-ups who tell kids not to smoke, drink or take drugs are getting their message across.

A new survey shows that drug, alcohol and cigarette use among sixth- to 12th-graders is at the lowest level in years, partly because adults are doing more to keep them away from illicit substances.

Parents and teachers are warning students about drug use and encouraging kids to nurture other interests by joining extracurricular school and religious activities, according to the 2001-02 Pride Survey, released Wednesday.


Enzyme Could Aid Alcoholism Detection

Mon Jul 15, 2002

MONDAY, July 15 (HealthScoutNews) -- An enzyme called adenylyl cyclase may detect recent alcohol consumption or marijuana use, and may also identify people at risk of depression, says a University of Colorado Health Sciences study.

However, the enzyme doesn't seem to be a good indicator of whether a person may have a genetic predisposition to alcoholism, says the study, published in the July issue of Alcoholism: Clincial and Experimental Research.


Stress Boosts Calming Effects of Alcohol: Study

Mon Jun 17, 2002

By Keith Mulvihill

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Stress appears to enhance alcohol's sedative effects while at the same time dampening its stimulative properties, a new study suggests. This could mean that stress takes the edge off alcohol, rather than the other way around.

Drug abuse researchers have long been interested in the relationship between stress and alcohol consumption, and have wondered if stress influences alcohol's effects.


Binge Drinkers Sensitized to Alcohol Stimulation

Mon Jun 17, 2002

By Alan Mozes

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young adults who frequently binge drink may do so because an alcohol-induced buzz arrives quicker--and is less of a downer--for them compared with others, researchers report.

"We really see a lot of the differences between those who are binge drinkers compared to those who are historically light drinkers," said study lead author Dr. Andrea C.


Why alcohol calories aren't as important as most people think...

by Christian Finn <>

According to conventional wisdom, the infamous "beer belly" is caused by excess alcohol calories being stored as fat.

However, researchers from the University of California have shown that less than 5% of the alcohol calories you drink are turned into fat. Rather, the main effect of alcohol is to reduce the amount of fat your body burns for energy.


With Age, Alcohol Use May Raise Blood Pressure

Thu May 30, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Previous research has found that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol can help cut cardiovascular disease risk, but a new study suggests light alcohol consumption may actually increase blood pressure in adults over age 40.

"Our results showed that light drinking significantly increased blood pressure in elderly persons but not in younger persons," lead author Dr. Ichiro Wakabayashi of Yamagata Universit


Late-Night Drinking Impairs Surgical Skill Next Day

Fri May 31, 2002

By Pat Hagan

LONDON (Reuters Health) - Surgeons who stay out late drinking suffer a noticeable decline in surgical performance the next morning, new research shows.

Although tiredness and alcohol consumption are known to lower manual dexterity, few studies have looked at the impact on surgeons.


Panel to Weigh Alcohol Drug Study Results

Thu May 9, 2002

By Lisa Richwine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An advisory panel on Friday will debate whether a drug used to help alcoholics quit drinking is effective enough to win US approval despite differing study results.

The drug, called acamprosate, has been used for nearly 15 years in Europe. New York-based Forest Laboratories Inc.


Wine Drinkers Less Likely to Get Common Cold

Wed May 8, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many studies have found that a small to moderate amount of alcohol can reduce the risk of heart problems. Now, Spanish researchers report that wine drinkers are less likely than teetotalers to come down with the common cold.


Good News for the Chardonnay Crowd

Mon May 20, 2002

By Kathleen Doheny
HealthScoutNews Reporter

MONDAY, May 20 (HealthScoutNews) -- If you're a wine drinker, there's cause for healthy celebration. If you're a white wine drinker, there's even more reason to raise your glass.

Wine drinking, it seems, improves lung functioning, and white wine improves it more than red wine, says a study from researchers at the University at Buffalo.