Tag Archives: Perinatal

Searchable Online Database Shows Changes in State Alcohol Policy

Sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) at the National Institutes of Health, the Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) now includes 34 policy changes across 29 policy areas made in 2009. …

Alcoholism: Is It All in the Genes?

We know alcoholism runs in families -- children with alcoholic parents have quadruple the risk of developing a drinking problem later in life than those without -- but is the link genetic or the result of other influences? …

Watch ’Free The Bowl 2011’ Winning Videos

SAN RAFAEL, CA - Five young people ages 10 to 20 were awarded prizes for their entertaining counter-beer ads at Free The Bowl World Premiere 2011 in San Rafael, California. The national competition drew 63 entries from 10 different states and …

Go Go Gogek: New Blog on Drug Policy

Journalist, consultant and drug policy expert Jim Gogek -- whose background includes stints as an editorial writer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation fellow, and communications chief for PIRE and the University of California at San Diego -- has launched ATODBlog, featuring discussions on tobacco-control policy, marijuana legalization, and dangerous drinking. …

Few Colleges Follow NIAAA Advice to Prevent Student Drinking

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) gave colleges detailed advice on how to prevent student drinking in 2002, but the recommendations have not been widely adopted, according to a new study from the University of Minnesota. Brief …

University of Florida the Latest College to Ban Smoking

Beginning July 1, smoking and use of other tobacco products will be prohibited anywhere on the University of Florida (UF) campus, part a growing national trend, ABC News reported June 14. Also implementing smoke-free policies effective in July were the …

SAMHSA’s Snapshot of Adolescent Drug Use and Related Problems

A new "day in the life" report from SAMHSA says that every day 508,000 adolescents aged 12-17 in the United States drink alcohol; 641,000 use illicit drugs; and more than 1 million smoke cigarettes. Also, 563,000 adolescents used marijuana, nearly 37,000 used inhalants, 24,000 used hallucinogens, 16,000 used cocaine and 2,800 used heroin, according to A Day in the Life of American Adolescents: Substance Use Facts Update, which is based on 2008 data. SAMHSA administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. calls the findings "a wake up call about the extent to which our nation’s youth engage in risky behavior by using illegal and potentially dangerous substances everyday." I don’t know about that... …

Effort to Cut Mass. Alcohol Taxes Defeated

The Massachusetts House of Representatives has rejected Republican-led efforts to roll back a recent state sales-tax increase that included alcoholic beverages, the Associated Press reported April 27. A pair of amendments to the state budget would have repealed the increase …

Minn. Anti-Smoking Advocates Seek to Protect Youth from Newer Tobacco Products

Anti-smoking advocates in Minnesota are rallying behind state legislation that would ban the sale of new tobacco products to minors, the Associated Press reported April 14. The bill, introduced by State Sen. Scott Dibble of Minneapolis, would prohibit retailers from selling …

Counseling on Weight Management Helps Female Smokers Quit

Many women worry that they’ll gain weight if they quit smoking, so maybe it’s no surprise that a smoking-cessation program that mixes medication with weight-management counseling is showing success. University of Pittsburgh researchers found that the mix of Zyban (bupropion) …