A teen’s family structure influences whether allowing them to drink at home leads to alcohol problems later on, a new study suggests.
Teens living with both biological parents who were allowed to drink at home had the lowest levels of alcohol use and problems later on. Those living with either a single parent or in a blended family (such as a biological parent and a stepparent) who were allowed to drink at home had the highest levels of alcohol use and problems, according to The Boston Globe.
The study appears in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. It included 772 children ages 12 to 17, along with their parents. They were first interviewed in 1989, and were re-interviewed up to four times over the next 15 years. The researchers found being allowed to drink at home did not in itself predict later alcohol use, but family structure played a large role in moderating the relationship.
Full story of family structure impact on teen drinking at drugfree.org
A growing number of colleges are starting to allow alcohol sales at football games, The New York Times reports. West Virginia, Texas, Maryland, Minnesota, Colorado, Wake Forest, Miami, Syracuse and Louisville now sell beer at games.
West Virginia is one of a relatively small number of college teams that sell alcohol to general admission ticketholders. The team makes about $500,000 a year in beer sales. Many more teams make alcohol available in suites and to those with premium tickets, the article notes.
Universities see alcohol sales as a way to increase revenue and keep up attendance at games. Last year, attendance at college games averaged 44,190, the lowest number since at least 2003.
Full story of more colleges selling alcohol during football games at drugfree.org
The National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse has introduced a new tool to help colleges cut down on student drinking, CNN reports. CollegeAIM includes 60 alcohol interventions, with information on their effectiveness, costs and barriers to implementation.
The guide includes a wide variety of interventions, from requiring Friday morning classes to restricting happy hours and other drinking promotions.
“Despite our collective efforts to address it, high-risk drinking remains a significant and persistent problem on U.S. campuses,” George Koob, Ph.D., NIAAA Director, said in a news release. “While college officials have numerous options for alcohol interventions, they are not all equally effective. CollegeAIM can help schools choose wisely among available strategies, boosting their chances for success and helping them improve the health and safety of their students.”
Full story on resource to help college kids curb drinking at drugfree.org
Like many people, Alexander Kacala started drinking in early adulthood. He drank when he went to the bars and used it as a social lubricant. It wasn’t until people started commenting on his behavior while drinking that he realized he might have a problem. Alexander recalls:
And soon I really started getting in these ridiculous arguments and fights with people and people started referring to me as a monster, they would say to me, “Wow, I’ve never seen anyone do that and it was scary and the type of person you became was a monster.”
After a long night out of drinking, Alexander decided to drive himself home. After falling asleep while driving, he ended up crashing into parked cars. The accident resulted not only in a trip to the hospital, but to jail, where he met a cellmate who became an unexpected source of sage advice.
Hillary Clinton unveiled a $10 billion plan to combat alcohol and drug abuse Wednesday.
“It’s time we recognize that there are gaps in our health care system that allow too many to go without care — and invest in treatment,” the Democratic presidential candidate wrote in an op-ed in the New Hampshire Union Leader. “It’s time we recognize that our state and federal prisons, where 65 percent of inmates meet medical criteria for substance use disorders, are no substitute for proper treatment — and reform our criminal justice system.”
Clinton outlined the key goals of her proposed strategy, which include increased local drug prevention efforts for teens and expanded access to drug treatment for all addicts, including those charged with nonviolent or low-level drug offenses. The plan also aims to equip all first responders with naloxone, an already widely used emergency drug proven to stop potentially fatal overdoses, and to require training for health care providers to recognize signs of potential substance abuse disorders and to be more cautious about prescribing controlled substances.
Full story of Hillary Clinton to fight substance abuse at Yahoo News