Tag Archives: drinking

Increasing Minimum Alcohol Price Can Lead to Drop in Drink-Related Deaths

Deaths caused by alcohol drop when minimum alcohol prices increase, a new study finds. Researchers in British Columbia found boosting the price of the cheapest alcohol by 10 percent led to a 32 percent drop in the drinking-related death rate, Reuters reports. …

Study Links Lower Drinking Age With Increased Risk of Binge Drinking

The ability to legally buy alcohol before age 21 is associated with an increased risk of binge drinking later in life, a new study suggests. The study included more than 39,000 people who started drinking in the 1970s, when some states allowed people as young as 18 to purchase alcohol. …

Spouses’ Different Drinking Habits Can Endanger Marriage, Study Suggests

Marriages in which one spouse drinks more than the other are more likely to end in divorce than unions in which both spouses drink a similar amount, Norwegian researchers have found. …

Mixing Alcohol With Diet Soda Instead of Regular Soda Leads to Faster Intoxication

People who mix diet soda with alcohol get more intoxicated, and more quickly, compared with those who use regular soda in their alcoholic drinks, a small study suggests. …

Doctors Often Don’t Ask Teen Patients About Drinking

Many doctors don’t ask their teenage patients about their drinking, a new study finds. A survey of 10th graders found that while more than 80 percent had seen a doctor in the past year, only 54 percent of them were asked about drinking, and 40 percent were advised about the dangers of alcohol. …

Feeling Shame About Past Alcohol Abuse Linked With Increased Risk of Relapse

Recovering alcoholics who feel shame about past alcohol abuse may have an increased risk of a relapse, a new study suggests. …

College Freshmen Drinking Less, Survey Finds

A national survey of college freshmen finds 33 percent reported drinking beer in 2012, down from 35.4 percent the previous year. The survey found 39.2 percent of college freshmen said they drank wine or liquor last year. …

Teens’ Decision to Have First Drink Influenced by Best Friends, Study Suggests

Teenagers’ decision to have a first alcoholic drink may be influenced by their best friends, a new study suggests. Researchers found having friends who drink and who have access to alcohol is the most important factor in predicting when a teen starts drinking. …

TV Liquor Ads May Promote Drinking in Young Teens, Study Suggests

Young teens appear to be susceptible to the persuasive messages in television alcohol ads, a new study suggests. The ads influence some young teens to drink more and experience drinking-related problems later in adolescence, the researchers found. …

New Category of “Alcohol Use Disorder” May Not Improve Alcoholism Diagnosis

The soon-to-be-released update of psychiatry’s diagnostic manual, DSM-5, combines problem drinking and alcoholism into a single condition known as “alcohol use disorder.” A new study suggests these changes may not improve the diagnosis of alcoholism, Time.com reports. …