Tag Archives: alcohol

Virginia Ignition Interlock Law for First-time DUI Offenders Sparks Controversy

A new Virginia law will require thousands of first-time drunk-driving offenders to install blood alcohol testing devices in their cars that can lock the ignition. The measure is sparking debate in the state. …

Seven Minutes of Counseling by ER Doctor Can Help Reduce Drinking

People who engage in hazardous and harmful drinking are more likely to reduce their consumption of alcohol for at least one year if they receive just seven minutes of counseling from an emergency room physician, a new study finds. …

New Technology Aims to Prevent Drunk Driving

Cars and trucks one day may have built-in blood alcohol detectors, The Wall Street Journal reports. Research on the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety is progressing more quickly than expected, and could be available within eight to 10 years, experts say. …

Underage Females Drinkers Now as Likely to Die in Car Crash as Male Peers

Underage female drinkers are now as likely to die in an alcohol-related car crash as their male counterparts, a new study suggests. In 1996, underage males had a higher risk of a fatal car crash than underage females. By 2007, the gender gap had closed. …

Study Finds Widespread Use of Alcohol and Drugs Among U.S. Teenagers

A survey of more than 10,000 U.S. teenagers found that by late adolescence, 78 percent had consumed alcohol, and about 15 percent met the criteria for alcohol abuse. …

Just One Drink a Day Can Increase Woman’s Risk of Breast Cancer, Study Finds

Having just one alcoholic drink daily can increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer by 5 percent, a review of studies concludes. Three or more daily drinks can raise a woman’s breast cancer risk between 40 to 50 percent, the researchers found. …

Internet Gamblers More Likely to Use Alcohol, Marijuana Than Offline Gamblers

People who engage in Internet gambling, such as online poker, are more likely to use alcohol and marijuana than those who gamble offline, a new study suggests. …

New Jersey Lawmakers Consider Relaxing Laws Governing Alcohol Sales

New Jersey legislators are considering a number of measures that would relax laws governing alcohol sales, The Wall Street Journal reports. …

Supervisor Enforcement Can Reduce Employees’ Substance Abuse at Work

Workers report drinking less on the job when they think their supervisor can detect substance abuse problems and are willing to take corrective action, suggests a new study. Supervisor enforcement also leads to less illicit drug use both on and off the job, the study found. …

Support from Middle School Teachers May Reduce Early Use of Alcohol, Study Suggests

Emotional support from middle school teachers may reduce the risk their students will engage in early use of alcohol and other illicit substances, a new study suggests. …