How to Reduce Binge Drinking: Strategies for Big Parties or a Night In

The phrase “binge drinking” may conjure up images of college students chugging out of red plastic cups filled to the brim with beer or spring breakers downing round after round of tequila shots. While binge drinking is indeed most common among younger adults, they are hardly alone in their excessive alcohol consumption in short periods of time: One in six Americans binge drinks four times a month, External link  and more than half of the 17.5 billion binge drinks consumed by adults annually is attributed to those 35 and older.

Binge drinking increased 8.9% across the United States between 2005 and 2012, External link  according to a study published in the American Journal for Public HealthJohn Clapp, External link  interim dean and a professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, says that the public needs to pay attention to the notable changes in who is engaging in this unhealthy behavior.

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Key brain area plays a crucial role in addiction

New research finds that the cerebellum, a large part of the human brain that scientists thought was primarily involved in motor control, may play a key role in reward-seeking and social behaviors. The findings may help inform future therapies for treating addiction.

Recent research has hinted at the fact that, in addition to movement, the brain’s cerebellum may also help to control cognitive functions, such as language, learning, and attention.

Now, scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY, suggest that this area could also regulate reward-processing and addiction.

Full story at Medical News Today