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The Latest about Alcohol


Zero Tolerance Laws Reduce Underage Drinking and Driving

A recent study reviewed the strengths and weaknesses of 20 laws with a minimum legal drinking age of 21. The laws were evaluated based on their sanctions for violating the law, exceptions or exemptions affecting application, and provisions affecting the law or its enforcement. The study found that possession and purchase laws were associated...

Negative View of Alcohol Consequences May Reduce Alcohol Consumption

A survey of 679 students at three colleges over the course of 2 years evaluated how the number of positive and negative alcohol consequences that students experienced predicted subsequent alcohol use. Students who negatively evaluated their past-week alcohol consequences reported decreases in their alcohol use at the next survey assessment. The study found that...

Adolescent Heavy Drinkers Show More Brain Response to Alcohol Images

Researchers conducted a brain imaging study with 22 adolescents who had a history of heavy episodic drinking and 16 adolescents who were light drinkers or nondrinkers to determine whether they responded differently to visual alcohol cues. Brain images were taken at baseline and after 28 days of monitored abstinence from alcohol and other drugs....

Alcohol Use Disorders Are Common and on the Rise

Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are one of the most common mental health disorders, are highly disabling, and are associated with many physical and psychiatric illnesses. A new study found that nearly one-third of adults in the United States have an AUD at some time in their lives, while only about 20 percent seek treatment...

Flavored Alcoholic Beverages Increase Underage Drinking

A new study examined the associations between drinking flavored alcoholic beverages and risky drinking behaviors among underage drinkers. A survey of adolescents and young adults ages 13–20 shows that underage drinkers who reported exclusive consumption of flavored alcoholic beverages drank more often and were more likely to drink heavily than underage drinkers who did...

Sipping Alcohol by Sixth Grade Increases Risk of High School Use

A new study on early use of alcohol found that early sipping of alcohol by young students is associated with risky alcohol behaviors when they enter high school. In addition, offering young people just a sip of alcohol may undermine prevention messages about alcohol for youth. The web-based study looked at alcohol use by...