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Posts Tagged alcohol abuse

Mixing Energy Drinks With Alcohol Increases the Urge to Drink

Posted by on Tuesday, 29 July, 2014

A new study finds mixing energy drinks with alcohol increases the urge to drink. People who consume the mixture may drink more alcohol than they planned, according to the researchers.

“Obviously these findings are not going to deter young people from drinking if they want to get drunk, but they need to be mindful that they may be unwittingly putting themselves at a greater risk of accidents and injuries because they end up drinking more than they had intended,” lead author Rebecca McKetin told Reuters.

The study included 75 participants ages 18 to 30. They were assigned to drink either vodka mixed with soda water or vodka mixed with an energy drink. Both groups also had fruit juice in their drinks. Participants did not know which drink they were receiving.

Full story of energy drinks and alcohol at drugfree.org


Text Messages Can Help Reduce Young Adults’ Binge Drinking

Posted by on Tuesday, 22 July, 2014

Receiving text messages about binge drinking after visiting the emergency room can help young adults reduce their hazardous alcohol consumption by more than 50 percent, a new study suggests.

The study included 765 young adults seen in the emergency room, who had a history of hazardous drinking. The study participants were divided into thirds. One third received text messages for 12 weeks that prompted them to respond to questions about their drinking. They received texts in return that offered feedback on their answers, News-Medical reports. Another third received text messages asking about their drinking, but received no feedback. The remaining third received no text messages.

Full story of text messaging and binge drinking at drugfree.org


Underage Drinkers’ Favorite Alcohol Brands are Heavily Advertised in Magazines

Posted by on Wednesday, 16 July, 2014

The top alcohol brands consumed by underage drinkers are the same ones most heavily advertised in magazines read by those under age 21, a new study finds. The researchers say their findings suggest alcohol ads can encourage young people to drink, HealthDay reports.

The study also indicates the alcohol industry’s voluntary advertising standards are insufficient, the researchers add. “All of the ads in our study were in complete compliance with the industry’s self-regulatory guidelines,” lead researcher Craig Ross, of Virtual Media Resources in Natick, Massachusetts, said in a journal news release.

The guidelines suggest that alcohol ads should be restricted to magazines with less than 30 percent of readers who are younger than 21. Ross called for stricter standards, including limiting ads to magazines where fewer than 15 percent of readers are under 21.

Full story of underage alcohol branding advertised in magazines at drugfree.org


Some Colleges Starting to Sell Beer at Stadiums to Increase Revenue

Posted by on Saturday, 5 July, 2014

Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas is among the schools that will start to sell beer and wine at football games this fall, in an effort to increase revenue, according to USA Today.

The school sold beer during basketball season this past year, netting six figures over the course of 12 games, the article notes.

With school athletic departments looking at multimillion-dollar obligations in new player benefits, more schools may look at alcohol sales as a way of increasing revenue. “It seems like it’s going that way, and I think you’ll see more doing it,” said Virginia Tech Athletics Director Whit Babcock. “But it’s a cultural issue at a place of higher education where there’s a tradition (of not selling it). I don’t know that it will be one of the top things on my agenda. But as more people do it … I’ll definitely be watching.”

Full story of college beer sells at stadiums at drugfree.org


Combination of Heat and Alcohol Sends Teens Sent to Hospital After Concert in Boston

Posted by on Friday, 4 July, 2014

At least 22 teenagers attending an electronic dance music show in Boston were sent to the hospital on Wednesday. Many of them were suffering from a combination of alcohol and heat, ABC News reports.

Dozens more concertgoers were treated onsite. Signs of Molly and other illicit drugs were apparent, the article notes.

Organizers of summer music festivals are increasing drug screening, after four people died at festivals last year. The deaths were linked to Molly. Concertgoers should expect sniffer dogs, pat-downs and other drug screening measures. Music festivals will provide medical tents with doctors, nurses and emergency medical technicians.

Full story of heat and alcohol at drugfree.org