By Dori F. Zaleznik, MD
Varenicline (Chantix), a drug that helps some smokers kick the habit could also reduce problem drinking by diminishing the pleasurable effects of alcohol, researchers suggested.
In a randomized, cross-over trial, dysphoric sensations after drinking an alcoholic beverage were greater when preceded by a dose of varenicline (Chantix) than placebo, reported Emma Childs, PhD, of the University of Chicago, and colleagues online inAlcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
Alcohol-induced impairments in a measure of cognitive function also were less severe when participants took varenicline, the researchers indicated.
“This study, combined with previous evidence, suggests that varenicline may reduce alcohol drinking behaviors among light smokers by increasing the negative subjective effects of a low dose of alcohol, thus reducing the likelihood of a drinking episode becoming a binge,” Childs and colleagues concluded.
Full story at Med Page Today
By Jessica Laurence
If you’ve ever had a hangover so horrible that you vowed never to get drunk again, help could be on its way in pill form.
Scientists at the University of Adelaide are carrying out tests on a newly-developed drug which could prevent drinkers from getting drunk and wanting to drink more.
In trials, when mice were given enough alcohol to make them show signs of intoxication, the ones taking the medication remained sober.
Full story at AOL
By Carole Bennett
Through the blogs I write about addiction and recovery I am fortunate to find many clients from all walks of life, all over the world. I encourage my clients to keep an ongoing journal about how they are feeling, what they are experiencing and how they are coping. Like all of us dealing with life on life’s terms, some weeks are naturally better than others, but living and loving an alcoholic/addict is sometimes a roller-coaster ride by the hour or day.
I have been counseling a woman in Monte Carlo for a few months. She was born into royalty and continues to live that lifestyle. With her permission, I have shared her current journal of confusion, anger, pain and suffering regarding her husband’s alcoholic condition. I disclose this for two reasons — it is moving, candid and a heart-rendering interpretation of her life with her loved one, and because this disease knows no boundaries as the family struggles regardless of what their bank account looks like.
In her own words (English is not her first language, so please keep that in mind), I have altered nothing other than the layout for easier reading. Meet a bold, empowered woman living the life of luxury from the outside, but tormented on the inside.
Full story at Huffington Post
By Youth Resources
While relaxing on the beach during a family vacation this past summer, I was reading through a magazine when an article caught my attention both as a youth worker and as a mother.
The article shared the two major differing opinions on the age-old debate of whether parents should let their teenagers drink alcohol at home.
One mother expressed her opinion that she knows her teenager is going to drink alcohol when he is out with his friends anyway so she would rather them drink at her house where she knows they are safe.
Another mother shared her belief that she would not allow her daughter and her friends to drink at their home, because she does not want to send the message that it is OK to drink alcohol while she is under the legal age.
Full story at Courier Press
By Michael Smith
Alcohol and impulsivity can be a toxic mix, researchers reported.
In a long-running, prospective cohort study among people seeking help for alcohol-related problems, those with poor impulse control had an increased risk of dying, according to Daniel Blonigen, PhD, and colleagues at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Palo Alto, Calif.
The effect was independent of the risk associated with alcohol use disorders, Blonigen and colleagues reported online in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
Both impulsivity and alcohol use disorders are known to increase the risk of premature death, the researchers noted, and alcohol use increases impulsive behavior. But there has been no research on how poor impulse control affects mortality risk among people who also have problems with alcohol, they added.
Full story at Med Page Today